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High alert as fire crews battle blaze at Dundas

A very high or severe fire rating is in place for much of Queensland.. as warm temperatures, low humidity and gusty winds make for high-risk conditions.
The mercury is expected to reach 34 degrees in Ipswich today, eight degrees above the September average.
QFES Acting Director of Rural Fire Operations James Haig told River 949's Campo and Michelle this morning that  with these conditions people need to be careful of lighting accidental fires:
"Things like if you are doing any welding or grinding work in the backyard or anything ..to just make sure there's no fuel around on the grass.. that sort of thing.
If you are fixing a fence, slashing and hitting rocks and so on that can easily start a fire.
Of course, there are all sorts of other ways you can do it but basically thinking through what you are doing".
Meanwhile, fire crews are battling a blaze east of the Wivenhoe Dam this afternoon. 
It's started around 10am off Frampton's Road at Dundas.
Residents are warned of thick smoke in the area and to take precautions.

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