Looking down Rose St from the golf course, smoke hovers over the township of Warwick yesterday.
Looking down Rose St from the golf course, smoke hovers over the township of Warwick yesterday. Emma Channon

Smoke signals danger period

AS A thick, smokey haze blanketed the entire region for much of the weekend, the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) has asked all residents to be "cautious and vigilant" during what is tipped to be severe weather during the next few days.

On Saturday, a large number of vegetation fires - 180 throughout the state - filled the skies with smoke.

Yesterday, a QFRS spokesman said fires had continued to burn outside the Southern Downs region, which contributed to the smokey haze.

"We've got fires we're dealing with around the Cogan area and we've got crews there now," he said yesterday.

"There are also fires we're working on towards Charleville too."

QFRS acting assistant commissioner for rural operations Paul Adcock asked all residents to be mindful after the Bureau of Meteorology issued the severe fire weather warning.

"We have already postponed a number of permit burns across the state but if you have a valid permit, please rethink the need to light up over the coming days," he said.

"Landowners who have conducted hazard reduction burns recently are strongly encouraged to take immediate steps to ensure that their fire has been properly extinguished or to make sure the residual fire is contained so that it will not escape."

A Fire Danger Period remains in place until January next year, which prohibits any fire lighting without a permit, except for the purposes of cooking or warmth.


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