Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology Queensland
Fire Weather Warning for the Channel Country and Maranoa and Warrego forecast districts.
Issued at 3:45 pm EST on Saturday 15 February 2014.
Weather Situation A surface trough will move into southwest Queensland during this afternoon. Hot, fresh and gusty northwesterly winds ahead of the trough are expected to result in severe fire dangers in the Maranoa and Warrego district for the remainder of today.
For the rest of Saturday 15 February:
Severe Fire Danger is forecast for the following forecast district: Maranoa and Warrego The Rural Fire Service Queensland advises that fires may be unpredictable, uncontrollable and fast-moving.
The Fire Weather Warning for the Channel Country forecast district has been cancelled.
The Rural Fire Service Queensland advises you to: - Check your bushfire survival plan - Now. - Monitor the fire and weather situation in any way you can through www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au and www.bom.gov.au, television or radio. - Call Triple Zero if you see a fire.
The Rural Fire Service Queensland advises that if you are in an area of Severe Fire Danger: - Leaving is the safest option for your survival. - If you plan to leave finalise your options and leave early on the day. - Only stay if your home is well prepared and well constructed and you can actively defend it. - Prepare for the emotional, mental and physical impact of defending your property - if in doubt, leave early. For information on Fire Bans and how to Prepare. Act. Survive. Visit the Rural Fire Service web page at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au or call the hotline on 1800 020 440.
No further warnings will be issued for this event, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings issued if necessary.