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Banana fire ban extended

SHOCKING is how Thangool Fire Brigade captain Don Baldwin described conditions that led to a fire ban across vast areas of Queensland this week.

Banana Shire was put on a total fire ban from midnight on Monday until midnight last night.

With temperatures in the mid-30s across Callide, Dawson and Monto since the weekend after a record hot August and dry winter, one can see his point.

His crew was called to a blaze 3km south of Thangool on the Burnett Highway on Saturday.

Mr Baldwin suspected exhaust from a car that stopped on the side of the road may have started the fire that burnt about two acres.

He warned any open fire including open barbeques and log fires were banned.

“Be aware you'll be jumped on pretty hard,” Mr Baldwin said.

The Biloela brigade got its own early call out with a fire on Short's Road to the east of Biloela which threatened two houses.

The bans were extended in Banana and the North Burnett until Midnight Monday.

ARE YOU PREPARED? • Make sure things that can burn such as boxes, garden furniture, cans of fuel, rubbish bins, are well away from the house; • Create low fuel areas with driveways, paths, gravelled areas and lawns close to house • Remove, cut or mow bushes, grass and weeds around sheds, fences and gates for at least 20 metres from house • Most people who die in bushfires leave it too late to leave.

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