Crews worried about Qld fire threat amid heatwaveTuesday January 8, 2013 - 13:26 EDT
Queensland firefighters are monitoring conditions closely in the state's south, as hot, dry weather pushes towards the coast.
The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) says it has not yet received calls for help from interstate colleagues battling horrific fire conditions.
QFRS Assistant Commissioner for Rural Operations, Neil Gallant, says there is concern about conditions in areas like western Queensland.
"There's a high fuel load from the last couple of years of good wet seasons as well - a lot of grass and feed out there," he said.
"All of western Queensland is a concern but over the next few days, particularly in the south, that high temperatures and low humidity will push through the south-east corner as well."
He says local crews are on stand-by for interstate colleagues if needed.
He says there are around 35,000 rural volunteers in Queensland who may still need be needed in their own state.
"Certainly we're not out of the woods yet ourselves," he said.
"That big mass of hot, dry air is just going to push through to the coast over the next few days so we're going to need all of our troops if called upon."
© ABC 2013
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