VERY HIGH: The Bureau of Meteorology has elevated the Wide Bay Burnett's fire rating to very high this weekend.
VERY HIGH: The Bureau of Meteorology has elevated the Wide Bay Burnett's fire rating to very high this weekend.

FIRE WARNING: Burnett’s rating set to very high

THE fire danger rating for the Wide Bay and Burnett region has been elevated to very high this weekend.

Neighbouring areas such as the Central Highlands, Coalfields, Southeast Coast, Maranoa and Warrego have been elevated to very high, with the Darling Downs and Granite Belt region raised to severe.

Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Dan Narramore has said the rating elevation was due to a combination of factors.

"A few days ago it was at a high level for the Wide Bay and Burnett, but with the winds getting stronger and air getting dryer, that's bumped us up," Mr Narramore said.

"We've got these hot and dry conditions particularly away from the coast as we head towards Biggenden and even further out to Kingaroy.

"Fresh and gusty west to south westerly winds will arrive later this afternoon for inland folk, and even when we go into Sunday."

With these elevated fire dangers, Mr Narramore believes it will stay at this level going into Monday and possibly even Tuesday.

"It will likely get downgraded to high by Tuesday or Wednesday next week, as winds get more easterly, and we get more moisture in the air."

Area commander for Gayndah Fire Station Kent Freeman wants the public to be vigilant this weekend because of this rating. 

"We want the public to be on the front foot, and with the fire ban on as well, we need the community to use common sense," Mr Freeman said. 

"If you've got a campfire, put it out correctly, correctly extinguish your cigarette butts, and just be mindful."

"And if you see a fire, report it." 

For more on what you need to know about fire warning levels, head here.


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