FIRE DANGER: Fire fighters are urging residents in the southwest to take precautions as conditions are right for bush and grass fires to spread quickly.
FIRE DANGER: Fire fighters are urging residents in the southwest to take precautions as conditions are right for bush and grass fires to spread quickly. Bill North

Southwest residents urged to take fire precautions

SOUTHWEST Queensland residents must be aware of heightened fire dangers over the next few weeks.

Hot and dry winds throughout the Western Downs and Maranoa are the right conditions for fast moving bush or grass fires to establish according to the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service.

Fireworks at last week's Delicious and Delightful festival in Dalby were cancelled, in-part due to fears about weather conditions.

Darling Downs region acting director John Welke said while there were no fires in the region, residents should still take precautions.

"People on the land, no matter what size their property is, can ensure they have adequate fire breaks around their properties,” Mr Welke said.

"They should also have adequate fire-fighting water and equipment for fires which start on their land.”

There have been multiple fires across Queensland and northern New South Wales this week, putting at risk many homes and lives.

He said the region was experiencing similar weather conditions to other parts of the state which had experienced multiple fires.

"Right across the southwest region we are seeing dry and strong winds which is expected in August,” Mr Welke said.

"This is creating a heightened fire danger for the region, with the potential for fast moving bush and grass fires.”

It was not only those who lived or worked on properties who should take safety precautions.

He said it was everyone's responsibility to ensure the region was safe from fires spreading quickly.

"We ask people who are doing hot work, for example welding outdoors, to do it in a safe area,” Mr Welke said.

"For safety, hot ash should be cooled and then doused in water before being disposed.”

Anyone who wanted to engage in activities which required fire was urged to contact the local fire department to seek additional guidance and information.