NORTH and West Queensland faces severe fire danger, with an outback heatwave predicted in coming days.Birdsville is tipped to peak above 46 degrees, with locals warned to stay indoors at the peak of the heat to escape extreme conditions. Queensland Fire and Rescue Service officials have issued the severe fire danger warning for most of the state’s north and remote south-west under soaring temperatures, low humidity and tinder-dry conditions.
Firefighters are battling bushfires threatening properties near Koah and Speewah, west of Cairns, as graziers in the Gulf country grapple with a disastrous bushfire season that has left them with scorched earth and dying cattle. Twelve bushfires are burning across the state with temperatures around 45 degrees Celsius and low humidity predicted for the Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders, the north-west and Channel Country over the next few days.
More than 750,000 hectares has been burnt out, 20 properties affected and seven cattle stations almost completely burnt out of grass and fodder in the Gulf country near Georgetown. Local MP Rob Katter said it was a disaster zone with the bushfires taking a huge physical, financial and emotional toll on station owners and workers. The Department of Community Safety has also warned locals in the southwest to be vigilant of fires.QFRS Northern Region Manager for Rural Operations Ken Beasley said firefighters were monitoring conditions in the southwest and northern parts of the state. “The weather forecast suggests conditions will ease with expected rain, however a severe fire danger still remains throughout the Central West, from the top of the Gulf Country to the south of the Diamantina Districts,” Mr Beasley said