UPDATE | 4.20pm: FIREYS have contained a deliberately-lit fire that broke out about noon today.  

Bundaberg Station Officer Andrew McCracken said fire crews had been called to Baldwin Swamp a number of times in the past month.

"Obviously somebody lit it," he said. 

"Four to five times we've had to head over there because someone has lit a fire."

Mr McCracken said not only was it against the law to light a fire without a permit or on someone else's land, but it also tied up valuable emergency service resources. 

At this afternoon's blaze the firetruck was not able to get close to the blaze prompting them to perform backburing instead.

"The council workers who spotted the fire gave us a hand," Mr McCracken said. 

"We backburned from the road to the edge of the fire."

Mr McCracken said the blaze today killed a lot of animals. 

 

EARLIER | 1.30pm: BILLOWING smoke can be seen from the Bundaberg CBD as a fire is burning at Baldwin Swamp.

The vegetation fire at the corner of Steptoe and Steindl Sts, East Bundaberg, was reported about 12.40pm.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Service spokesman said a crew was at the scene of the vegetation fire.

Fire at Baldwin Swamp, East Bundaberg.
Fire at Baldwin Swamp, East Bundaberg. Mike Knott

Smoke may affect residents and motorist in the area.

People are advised to close doors and windows and keep medication close.

 

FIRE: BILLOWING smoke can be seen from the Bundaberg CBD as a fire in burning at Baldwin Swamp.
FIRE: BILLOWING smoke can be seen from the Bundaberg CBD as a fire in burning at Baldwin Swamp. Google Maps


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