Qld miners advised to be prepared to deal with bushfires and heat

THE QUEENSLAND government has warned mine workers to take precautions against raging bushfires and high heat levels as a heat wave envelopes the central and northern regions of the state.
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Central Queensland is in the grip of raging bushfires.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Fire and Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford have urged residents in the Central Queensland towns of Deepwater and Baffle Creek to keep up to date with emergency warnings as a major fire continues to threaten their communities.
 
The Premier said that conditions were expected to worsen throughout the day as temperatures climbed and winds picked up.
 
"Several hundred residents have already been evacuated in the Agnes Water region and it's essential that they not return to their homes and properties until authorities say it's OK to return," Palaszczuk said.
 
"We are seeing unprecidented weather conditions, with extremely dry conditions, low humidity and very high temperatures.
 
"And I want to thank the firefighters and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services personnel who are on the front line across Queensland fighting fires and keeping Queenslanders safe."
 
Crawford said that roads were open but only for people leaving the communities and so that Ergon Energy would be able to enter to assess the damage to power lines and supply.
 
He said QFES firefighters been fighting major fires across the state throughout the weekend.
 
"Dozens of fire crews have responded to about 240 fires during the weekend and extreme weather conditions mean QFES will be on high alert well into the week," Crawford said.
 
"I can't thank our QFES personnel enough for the work that they're doing in extremely dangerous conditions."
 
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the weather conditions made firefighting operations difficult and thanked firefighters for their hard work in extremely trying conditions.
 
"Strong winds and dry conditions in Central Queensland, especially in Deepwater and Baffle Creek, have meant these fires have been moving quickly and crews are working extremely hard to get on top of things early," Carroll said.
 
"There has already been significant fire activity across the state and conditions are slowly moving into central and northern Queensland today and tomorrow.
 
"I want to thank our firefighters for their ongoing efforts as conditions continue to worsen throughout the state."
 
With heightened fire conditions moving into the northern half of the state, Carroll urged residents to stay up-to-date with warnings and familiarise themselves with their bushfire survival plans in case they were needed.
 
"It's important for everyone to know their local area and stay abreast of fire activity and what the latest warning says," she said.
 
"Warnings are continually updated with the latest information and we need people to continue to listen out for them and follow the actions outlined within them."