GET FIRE READY: A haze over Maroochydore on October 11, and firefighters say it is just the start.
GET FIRE READY: A haze over Maroochydore on October 11, and firefighters say it is just the start. John Mccutcheon

Firefighters warn year is going to get worse

FIREFIGHTERS have told Sunshine Coast residents to take the smoky haze from a Buderim tip fire as an urgent warning, because the fire season is about to get a whole lot worse.

North Coast Region acting chief superintendent Kevin Devitt said soaring temperatures and drying vegetation was making for dangerous conditions throughout the Coast.

"Whenever we have these high temperatures and low humidly the fire danger can quickly turn ugly," Supt Devitt said. "Now, with the lack of rain and none on the horizon, next week is looking at being one of the worst for fires in a long time."

Firefighters were put to the test yesterday when a blaze broke out in a green waste pile at the Buderim tip.

In all, 15 crews worked throughout the day to contain the fire, which was believed to have self-combusted in the heat on Thursday night.

Parents of school students at Mountain Creek High School were told to keep their children at home, or collect them from the school as large amounts of smoke suffocated the area.

A change in wind conditions later caused the smoke to cover parts of the Sunshine Motorway and parts of Mooloolaba. There was also a large grass fire at Yandina, which covered several paddocks and took three hours to extinguish.

Supt Devitt asked residents to be vigilant with the heightened fire danger.

"We are asking land owners to consider delaying operating machinery that could cause sparks during these conditions," he said.

For more information, visit http://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.