CQ braces for fiery Friday as crews monitor current fires
FIRE conditions are expected to deteriorate today, especially around the southern and western areas, creating challenging conditions for CQ firefighters already weary from a busy week fighting bushfires.
An extreme fire warning was issued for the Maranoa and Warrego and Darling Downs Granite Belt with a severe warning issued for the Central Highlands and Coalfields and Wide Bay and Burnett areas neighbouring Capricornia.
The warning is due to the fresh to strong and gusty northwesterly winds which are expected to bring hot, dry conditions across the warning area today with a fresh and gusty southwesterly wind change expected to move across the southern interior during the afternoon and evening.
Capricornia with its very high fire danger (which it has maintained all week), is expected to be spared the brunt of the bushfires.
The temperature soared to a maximum of 35C yesterday in Rockhampton, with the city shrouded in smoke haze in the early evening and ash reportedly falling at the Oceania Cup hockey games.
Firefighters kept tabs on the three major bushfires at Coowonga (east of Rockhampton), The Caves (north of Rockhampton) and Farnborough (north of Yeppoon).
Coowonga fire: At 1.05pm, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews were on the scene at a bushfire burning north of Coowoonga Rd between Ranglewood Rd and Hoys Rd, Coowonga.
This fire is burning within containment lines.
Firefighters will continue to monitor and strengthen containment lines throughout the day.
There is no threat to property at this time, but residents may be affected by smoke.
The Caves fire: At 11.45am, QFES crews were continuing to monitor a bushfire burning in the vicinity of Barmoya Rd and Gunder Rd, The Caves.
The fire is currently contained and there is no threat to property at this time.
Firefighters will continue to monitor the blaze throughout the day. Smoke may affect surrounding areas.
Farnborough fire: At 11.45am, QFES crews were continuing to monitor a bushfire burning in the vicinity of Farnborough Rd and Woodwind Valley Rd, Farnborough. This fire is contained and is posing no threat to property at this time.
Around 3pm, the fire warning was removed with the fire understood to have been extinguished.
Residents in proximity to the fires were asked to close windows and doors and if suffering from a respiratory condition, keep their medication close by.
Motorists should drive with caution and to conditions.
If residents are concerned their property is under threat they are advised to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.