Burnt landscape in Ballandean.
Burnt landscape in Ballandean. Bianca Hrovat

Worrying weather forecast as fireys told to stay alert

TODAY'S weather conditions could be the worst since the bushfires took off on Friday afternoon.

According to David Crock from the Bureau of Meteorology, "today is the worst day in the forecast period but thankfully shouldn't be nearly as bad as last weekend”.

A bushfire continues to burn in an area between Rees Road and Eukey Road, Ballandean. Properties are not under direct threat.

Firefighters are continuing to monitor and patrol containment lines.

"You're looking at a forecasted top of 25 degrees today. There will be south-westerly winds this morning and could increase later in the morning into the afternoon,” Mr Crock said.

"The winds are very dry so the dew point is very high leading to around 10 per cent humidity.

"Winds are around 15km/h and could increase. Later today you'll see the winds turn around to the south-east moving up from NSW which will be a little cooler.”

Mr Crock said this could lead to more smoke on the Granite Belt, pushed up from the blazes over the border.

The fire danger rating remains at 'very high'.

"We'll see quite similar patterns tomorrow, though a little less wind so not quite as high fire dangers.

"But absolutely no rain unfortunately.”

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has advised a fire ban will remain in place until 11.59pm Friday, September 20.

All permits to light a fire previously issued in the local fire ban area have now been cancelled.

Top temperature tomorrow will be 25, with the mercury steadily increasing for much of next week.

Girraween National Park remains closed to the public.

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