Danger builds in southeast

Danger builds in southeast

10 December 2006

published by www.news.com.au

Australia — Queensland’s southeast faced an increasing fire danger ifsignificant rain fails to fall in the next two weeks, Queensland Fire and Rescuewarned.

But Weather Bureau forecaster Brett Harrison said minimal rainfall was expectedacross the southeast this week.

Rural brigades are battling a blaze at Ravensbourne, near Toowoomba, whichhas been burning a week.

A spokesman said the fire was under control and did not pose a threat tohouses.

High fire dangers continued to threaten some parts of northern Queensland,particularly in the Channel country.

Firefighters spent the weekend battling several blazes in the state’s farnorth yesterday. A small grassfire flared up at Walkamin, between Atherton andMareeba, about 1pm, but was being contained. There were minor fires at Cooktownand on Thursday Island.

Queensland’s bush fire season typically runs from August to November whenseasonal rain ends the threat.

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