Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology Queensland
Fire Weather Warning for the Maranoa and Warrego and Darling Downs and Granite Belt forecast districts.
Issued at 4:13 am EST on Sunday 16 March 2014.
Weather Situation A vigorous surface trough over far southwestern Queensland will move eastwards across the southern interior of the state during today, reaching the Maranoa and western Darling Downs by this evening. Moderate to fresh north to northwesterly winds are expected ahead of the trough and southwesterly winds to the southwest of the trough.
For the rest of Sunday 16 March:
Severe Fire Danger is forecast for the following forecast districts: Maranoa and Warrego and Darling Downs and Granite Belt The Rural Fire Service Queensland advises that fires may be unpredictable, uncontrollable and fast-moving.
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.