The bushfires in Queensland are now a state of emergency.
With temperatures in the mid-30s and dry conditions across much of the state, it’s not easy to control a fire.
Firefighters have to be quick and effective, using everything from helicopters and fire engines to helicopters and planes.
This is where Queensland’s firefighting agencies come in.
Their mission is to bring the fire under control and to protect homes and businesses.
The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRRS) is the state’s fire and rescue agency.
Its mission is twofold.
First, to provide assistance to people in the area, and second, to ensure that there are no unnecessary deaths and serious injuries.
For more information, read our QFRRS Q&A.
Queensland Fire and Safety Commissioner, Ian MacFarlane, says the agency has been working closely with the state fire service, with their assistance.
“It is vital that we continue to work closely with our state and federal partners to prevent the fires from becoming even more devastating,” he said.
But there are areas where the Queensland fire service has not been able to respond.
One of those is the Queensland city of Mount Isa, in the Queensland state of Queensland.
A fire was reported on Wednesday night on the town’s south-east corner.
On Thursday morning, the QFRLS declared a state emergency in the town of Cairns and ordered the evacuation of residents.
Mount Isa was the scene of the last bushfire in October when 2,000 people lost their lives.
As the heat continues to build, QFRSS Commissioner MacFarlys says there is a concern that the bushfire may become a larger fire.
“We are aware that a number of bushfires are now active in Queensland, with the number of fires expected to grow significantly,” he says.
There is also a concern about bushfires on the Great Barrier Reef.
QFRSS Chief Officer, Paul Hinton, says a number out there are looking to target the Great Barrier and the Queensland coastline.
“The Queensland Government has issued a very strong statement and has said that they will respond as quickly as possible to all potential bushfires,” he tells News Breakfast.
In addition, QFRS has been given the task of coordinating with Queensland’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to make sure the bush fires are controlled.
Mr Hinton says QFRSR is currently working closely, alongside the Queensland Fire Service, to assist the NEMA with their response.
NEMA has been tasked with coordinating the emergency response and response plans for Queensland.QFRS is also working with Queensland Government to ensure Queenslanders are prepared for the bush fire season and the impacts of climate change.
What you need to know about bush fires:What to do if you are in the fire area:For more weather information, check out our Queensland weather.
Queenslanders are urged to be vigilant for bushfires and for the effects of climate changes on their communities.
Read more about bushfire season and climate change in the National Fire and Emergency Management Strategy 2016-2020.
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