Weekend of fire bodes ill

THE central coast of New South Wales was not the only region burning up over the weekend, with fire crews in NSW and Queensland responding to more than 120 minor fires across both states.

Warnings went out in regional areas across both states on Friday, telling residents to put their fire plans in place in preparation for a hot and windy weekend.

Those warnings proved timely, with more than 120 grass, bush and scrub fires ablaze across both eastern states, while total fire bans remained in place for several regions on Sunday night.

Total fire bans remained in place for the NSW far north and north coast and New England regions and while no fire bans were in place in Queensland, the state fire and rescue service asked residents to put any fire permits on hold.

Around Queensland on Sunday, there were still about 60 small grass fires burning around the state, most of which were under control late yesterday.

A spokeswoman for the QFRS said the service was talking to residents in high risk areas and working with landholders on back burning and control measures in various regions.

There were large vegetation fires at Mount Wolvi east of Gympie; near Delaney's Creek at Woodford and a large bushfire at Austinville, west of Surfers Paradise.

While many of the smaller fires around both states were under control by Sunday night, both state fire services were advising regional residents to act on their fire plans, or put them in place if they didn't already have one.

For more information, go to and download a bushfire survival plan for Queenslanders, or NSW residents can go to: for that state's plan.

Topics:  bushfires emergency services

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