Fire battle still rages on 5 fronts
FIRES are burning at Mt Perry, Eidsvold, Gayndah, Kalpower and Ban Ban, as firefighters battle to keep the flames from spreading.
A blaze at Towns Creek Road, Mt Perry, jumped containment lines yesterday, after starting about 1pm on Sunday.
Three crews were working to contain the fire, with two more on their way as the News Mail went to press last night.
Six fire crews were back-burning at the scene of a grass fire off the Burnett Highway at Ban Ban, which was reported around 7.15am yesterday.
No properties were threatened.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) rural operations Bundaberg area director Tony Johnstone said landholders, fire wardens and rural brigades were keeping a close eye on the flare-ups.
“All of the fires are either contained, being monitored or are in inaccessible areas,” Mr Johnstone said.
“As with any fire, they can turn serious, but we are expecting cooler (weather) conditions, and we hope that it will work in our favour.”
He said the region's volunteer fire crews were doing a great job keeping Bundaberg and North Burnett safe.
Their efforts were also congratulated by Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts, who gave thanks to 5325 firefighters who had battled more than 900 grass fires across Queensland in the past six days.
“More than 1760 appliances have been used including heavy plant equipment, rural and urban fire appliances and aircraft,” Mr Roberts said.
“I thank the firefighters on the ground both rural and urban, and all the behind-the-scenes staff for the long hours they have been working.”
But the danger is far from over, with a fire ban now extended until Monday.
QFRS Commissioner Lee Johnson said residents must take the necessary actions and note that they are not permitted to light any fire, including permit fires, while these bans are in place.
A Booyal house and shed were destroyed in a fire last week, while properties were also lost at Pinelands, north of Toowoomba, plus two cars and two small sheds at Calcium, south of Townsville.