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VIDEO: Crews prepare for high fire danger in Central QLD

EXTRA QFES crews have been put on standby after the fire danger level was upgraded to its highest point yet this season - and it's expected to get worse.

Yesterday the wildfire alert was moved up to level four at the QFES regional operation centre, where the resources for the 440,000 sq km Central region are co-ordinated in times of need.

Acting Chief Superintendent Jeff King, the director of regional operations, said the centre would be manned 24 hours a day to provide logistical planning and support to the 38 stations across the region.

QFES Assistant Commissioner Ewan Cayzer said after Cyclone Marcia they had to establish a joint taskforce responsible for dealing with the extra vegetation which posed a fire risk.

"Certainly with the El Nino effect and the low rainfall we've had in the lead-up to this bushfire season, we're right in the thick of it now," Mr Cayzer said.

"Recently we had fires up around Mount Morgan that went for over a week.

"We had 50 to 60 volunteers out there for a week, and all because somebody decided to light a fire and not control it."

Acting Superintendent Rural Fire Service Craig Magick said they had responded to over 800 fires across CQ in the past month, including permitted burns.

Fire watch

Yesterday there were five fires in the area, but none required an official warning at this stage:

Old Byfield Rd

Yeppoon Rd, Ironpot

Nickel Rd, Canoona

Stones Rd, Woodbury

Banksia Rd, Stanage

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