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Qld Announces Bushfire Review

The Queensland Government has reportedly announced there will be a review held into the effectiveness of bushfire warnings.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also announced a review of water bombing assets according to 9 News.  

The news comes as the Bureau of Meteorology predicts fire conditions are set to worsen in coming days with a dry wind expected to blow across parts of southern Queensland.

Fire danger warnings are set to increase to Very High to Severe from Tuesday due to warm, dry conditions and increasing winds.

There is the chance of thunderstorms in the southeast on Tuesday, with limited rainfall expected.  Increasing wind gusts are tipped to make things tricky for Firefighters.  

It is expected that fire dangers will ease off again on Wednesday, with temperatures droppingand wind gusts decreasing.  

LNP MP for Ninderry Dan Purdie said the Queensland Government should stop at nothing to get all the resources we need to keep our communities safe.

"Early last week we avoided a disaster at Peregian with the fires that unfolded on Monday night and into Tuesday.

"The turning point in those fires, was the support the firies had from the air, by the way of five local water bombing choppers.

An aircraft was meant to fly here from New South Wales to help fight the fire on Tuesday.

Mr Purdie said that 737 was re-prioritised to other areas though.

It did arrive late on Tuesday and did two water bombing runs over Peregian, "that was the turning point in the fire" he said.

"From what I've heard from Firefighters on the ground, had that 737 not arrived, we potentially could have seen similar situations on the Tuesday night like we did on the Monday night.

On Monday he has called for a full review of the resources available to Queensland Firefighters, particularly in the way of air support.

Fire Danger Rating map: https://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/Pages/FDR.aspx

By Michelle Price