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Heatwave triggers evacuation warning

Heatwave triggers evacuation warning
South-east Queensland residents have been told to prepare to flee as a major bushfire continues to burn in the Lockyer Valley.
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services says conditions around the fire near Lefthand Branch conditions could get worse today as the state is expected to record its warmest October day in 15 years
Yesterday evening the fire was burning in an easterly direction amid warnings it could threaten properties along Cole Gully Road.
Brisbane will reach 36C (Supplied)
Residents have been told to get ready to activate their bushfire survival plans.
"If you do not have a plan, or intend to leave, you should be ready to leave the area because the situation could get worse quickly," QFES said.
QFES Neil Gallant said firefighters are ready for the challenge posed by unseasonably high temperatures during Spring.
"We are keen to hit any fire that starts very hard, very early," he said today.
"The vegetation is very, very dry, so any fire that starts is going to run very hard.
"Any fire that starts is going to cause a lot of problems.
Meteorologist Kimba Wong said warm, windy and dry conditions in the state's southeast and central areas will continue today and could remain until tomorrow.
Temperatures in some parts of the state were up to 12C above average for October yesterday.
Brisbane can expect to reach 36C, while Ipswich is expected to hit upwards of 40C.
© AAP 2019