Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) has imposed a local fire ban for south-west Queensland residents, including the Southern Downs and Granite Belt regions.
The fire ban comes as severe bushfires devastate Queensland regional communities including the Gladstone region, parts of which the State Government declared a disaster zone earlier today, Monday 26 November.
The Southern Downs Regional Council area local fire ban will be in place from 1am this Wednesday 28 November and also applies to residents in the Toowoomba, Goondiwindi, Western Downs and Maranoa local government areas.
The ban is expected to remain in place until midnight this Friday 30 November.
Under a local fire ban the lighting of all open fires is prohibited and all fire permits are cancelled.
More information is available at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au
The weather outlook for Warwick for the rest of the week is for generally hot and sunny conditions with maximum temperatures in the low 30’s, with the chance of possible late showers or a storm tomorrow, Tuesday 27 November.
Slightly cooler daytime maximums are expected for Stanthorpe and surrounding areas, with tops in the high 20’s. Stanthorpe can also expect the chance of late showers or a storm tomorrow and windy conditions and a dust haze on Wednesday.