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Danger still extreme but Downs residents hope bushfire’s worst is over

Ground crews and firefighting aircraft are on the scene of two bushfires in Queensland as the state remains under an extreme fire warning for a second day.

Oct 17, 2023, updated Oct 17, 2023
 Coomera Valley RFB assisting in Chinchilla, Queensland. (AAP Image/Supplied by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services)

Coomera Valley RFB assisting in Chinchilla, Queensland. (AAP Image/Supplied by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services)

A watch and act warning remains current for residents in Kabra, near Rockhampton, for a fire burning near Boongary Road and Halfpenny Road.

Authorities said no properties are at risk as the fire moves towards Kabra Road.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service said some major roads or highways may be impacted.

Further south, a watch and act warning is current for Deepwater, south of Agnes Water, with a fire affecting properties between Oceania Court, Muller Road and Pacific Drive.

The fast-moving fire is likely to impact the community in the coming hours, QFES said in an alert.

“Roads may be closed or impacted. Power, water, and mobile phone services may be impacted as the fire gets closer.”

A blaze at Wutul and East Cooyar, north of Toowoomba on Monday prompted prepare to leave and not safe to return warnings from authorities, but locals have since started returning after warnings were cancelled on Tuesday.

Extreme fire danger warnings are still current for areas in the Central West, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Daytime temperatures are expected in the mid to high 30s on Tuesday with 25 to 40 km/h southeasterly winds.

Winton is expected to reach a maximum of 38C, while Longreach and Barcaldine will hit 37C and 36C respectively.

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