A file photo of a bushfire in the Bundaberg region.
A file photo of a bushfire in the Bundaberg region. Mike Knott

Waterbombing as busted tyre starts fire near solar farm

UPDATE 2.45pmWaterbombing operations are underway in the area as crews continue to work to contain the fire. 

2.40pm: The fire burning south of Childers is believed to have been started after a vehicle blew a tyre on the highway. 

Rural Fire Service Bundaberg area director Bruce Thompson said initially the fire was 30m along the highway but was now in bushland. 

He said the wind was pushing the fire toward a nearby solar farm, and while the farm is not under immediate threat, they were sending additional crews from Bundaberg and Maryborough to help containment efforts. 

According to the Rural Fire Service 11 vehicles are on scene and a dozen more are en route. 

Mr Thompson said there was also a dozer and grader heading down to the site to help if needed. 

With the grass fire's proximity to the highway, Mr Thompson is urging drivers to be alert while driving in smoky condition, slow down and be on the lookout for firefighters and wildlife. 

 

EARLIER: A GRASS fire broke out early this afternoon in the vicinity of Pig Creek.

A dozen vehicles have been assigned to handle the blaze, burning at Barretts Road and Pig Creek, between Childers and Torbanlea.

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service advises the fire does not pose a threat to property at this time, though smoke may affect motorists travelling on the Bruce Highway.

Motorists should drive to suit the current conditions.

This is a developing situation, stay tuned for updates.



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