Firefighters are urging residents to remain vigilant for bushfires as the southeast corner of the state experiences another spike in its bushfire season. 

Rural Fire Service (RFS) Assistant Commissioner Gary McCormack blamed a lack of rain and warm temperatures for a recent spate of fires in the southeast. 

“We’ve seen bushfires in the southeast recently, including at Bribie Island, Main Beach and the ongoing bushfire in the Undullah/Flagstone area,” Mr McCormack said. 

“Permits in the Gold Coast and Ipswich areas have been cancelled.

“It’s essential permit holders check with local fire wardens on a case-by-case basis, until more favourable conditions return.”

Mr McCormack urged people to be remain aware when using power tools or machinery.

“One spark from welding, grinding, mowing or slashing is all it takes to start a fire,” he said. 

“Residents should also prepare their properties by clearing their gutters, trimming low-lying branches and mowing their lawn regularly.

“Whether you live in a rural area or urban fringe, it’s essential you take steps to protect yourself and prevent bushfires from starting.”

Mr McCormack said southeast residents should keep-up-to-date with warnings issued in their area. 

“It’s extremely important for residents to be informed what is happening around them, and to report fires to Triple Zero (000) immediately,” he said. 

For more information on bushfire preparedness visit www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au