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Rain helps ease Queensland's bushfire threat

By Francis Tapim, Thursday October 11, 2012 - 09:11 EDT

Better conditions are forecast for Queensland firefighters after bushfires yesterday kept crews busy on the Darling Downs, the Gemfields west of Emerald and the Atherton Tablelands.

Weather bureau senior forecaster Brett Harrison says cooler conditions with rain and storms should east the threat.

"Fire weather conditions should be better around the state today," he said.

"We are looking at much cooler temperatures due to a cool and dry air mass moving in from the west.

"It will be still windy though and windy conditions don't help firefighters out too much.

He says there has been plenty of thunderstorm activity through the interior of the state.

"We are expecting more thunderstorms throughout the day and plenty of rain areas with the thickening cloud," he said.

"The rain will clear toward the eastern districts of the state during the afternoon and evening."


- ABC

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