My other blog is the website for the Helidon Hills Smokespotters, an informal community group with members located at over 20 locations around the Helidon Hills in the Lockyer Valley. You can find out about the Smokespotter group here. The group’s motto is: when it comes to bushfires, we are all neighbours. Though the group focuses on the Helidon Hills, their website has regular posts on bushfire issues that are more widely relevant throughout the Lockyer Valley Region and beyond.
I’ve copied the links on the Smokespotters website onto this page for more general access.
The links below mostly take you to Queensland-wide or South East Queensland web sites, so they are not restricted to the Lockyer Valley Region
Before you burn, check the Fire Danger Ratings, current weather conditions in your area, and weather forecasts for the remainder of the day and into the next day.
Fire Danger Ratings
For a Southeast Queensland Fire Danger Rating that is updated throughout the day, click here and see Southeast Coast on the last row in the table, but be aware that this is a regional forecast and the fire danger in the Lockyer would well be different and often higher than the regional average.
For a four-day Fire Danger Rating for all regions in Queensland, including Southeast Coast click here. Be aware that the current day’s Rating is updated at 7am and 4.30pm; it does not appear to be updated if the rating changes during the day. But useful for looking ahead at fire danger ratings in coming days. Similar warnings about this being a regional forecast apply.
See what the Fire Danger Ratings mean here.
Today’s Gatton Weather Forecast (weather.com)
Current Gatton Weather Conditions (Temperature, Dew Point, Relative Humidity, Wind Speed, Highest Wind Gusts, Wind Direction, Rain Since 9.00am, from weather.com)
Gatton Weather Forecast and Current Conditions (Forecast: Temperature and likelihood of Rain at different periods in the day, Current: Relative Humidity, Wind Speed, Highest Gusts, Wind Direction, Rain Since 9.00am, from Bureau of Meteorology)
Southeast Coast Weather Forecast and Fire Danger Rating for the region