Heat wave puts Granite Belt on bushfire alert

HEIGHTENED fire conditions are forecast for the Granite Belt today and the Queensland Rural Fire Service have asked residents to be vigilant.

Fire crews have been preparing for potential bushfires with the temperature set to reach a sweltering 32 degrees in Stanthorpe.

South-westerly wind gusts of up to 33km/h are expected throughout the day, fuelling already hot conditions. 

RFSQ regional manager Lawrence Laing said people should be prepared for possible bushfire activity.

"If they haven't already, I urge residents to finalise preparations on their property and visit the RFSQ website to download a bushfire survival plan so that no one is caught off guard," he said.

"Your bushfire survival plan should outline the steps you and your family will take if a bushfire were to threaten your property.

"Residents are urged to be vigilant and take caution, never throw cigarette butts out of the car window and always be careful when operating machinery in grassed areas."

Stanthorpe reached 29 degrees by 1pm with the maximum temperature of 32 due at 3pm.

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