Homes saved as fires still burn

LOWMEAD residents are preparing to leave their homes as a huge bushfire at nearby Mount Maria continues to burn.

Stephen McKenzie said an eerie glow lit his Lowmead home as the fire raged just 3km from his back door on Wednesday night.

“The wind died off for a bit on Wednesday night, and there was just a glowing from our place,” Mr McKenzie said.

“But it picked up again (yesterday) — the firefighters are doing a hard job.”

He said the situation at Mt Maria, near Lowmead, was still serious.

“It’s still very smoky, and there seems to be a few flare-ups,” Mr McKenzie said.

“I took the day off work so I could pack up everything important — we’re prepared to leave.”

Mr McKenzie said emergency services workers were building firebreaks at the back of his property in an effort to keep the flames at bay.

About 15 fire crews worked through the night on Wednesday to contain the fire burning off Mitchell Road, Mount Maria.

A strike team of about 20 firefighters from Burnett Heads, Branyan, Elliott Heads and other rural brigades travelled from Bundaberg to help control the blaze.

“Firefighters protected about 15 homes on Mitchell Road overnight by putting in fire breaks and backburning,” a Department of Community Safety spokesman said yesterday.

“The fire is currently contained, however residents are still asked to be prepared to enact their bushfire plans.

“It is believed that approximately 800 hectares have been burnt by this fire.”

Meanwhile, firefighters at Deepwater were exhausted after battling a blaze in the national park, which started four days ago.

“We’re quite confident it’s holding its containment lines, and we will be monitoring it for the next couple of days,” Deepwater incident commander from the Wartburg Rural Fire Brigade, Alan Fraser said.

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