Strong winds, high temperatures bring extreme fire danger

AUSTRALIANS in rural areas are on full alert this weekend with authorities declaring fire bans and severe fire risks throughout the country.

In Queensland, the south west and northern regions have been placed on severe and high fire dangers.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service south west region acting manager for rural operations Col Neal said fire fighters were monitoring conditions closely, but reminded residents prevention was key.

"The combination of strong winds, high temperatures and low relative humidity will make it very difficult to contain vegetation fires, so we're asking residents to take extra care and be alert," he said.

Vegetation fires are also burning throughout the rest of the state including in Boyne Valley, between Gladstone and Bundaberg.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a fire warning this morning stating gusty northerly winds coupled with less than 10% humidity would plague western parts of Queensland.

Sweltering temperatures make the conditions even worse for residents out west, including in Charleville, which is forecasted to reach 30 degrees on Saturday.

But Birdsville, near the Queensland border with South Australia, takes the cake with temperatures tipped to reach the high 40's.

Ipswich in the south east will bear most of the heat this weekend with temperatures forecasted to reach the low 30's.

Similar temperatures will be felt in Central Queensland.

The temperatures will also be in the high 20s throughout Northern NSW.

Total fire bans were declared in Victoria, Tasmania South Australia today as the states entered into a string of extremely hot days.

Temperatures were tipped to be over 40 degrees for parts of the states.

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