WHIPPED UP: Fanned by strong westerly winds, yesterday’s fire moved rapidly towards Goodwood Rd, putting homes and farms at risk.
WHIPPED UP: Fanned by strong westerly winds, yesterday’s fire moved rapidly towards Goodwood Rd, putting homes and farms at risk. Max Fleet BUNFIRE

Neighbours saved homes in Kinkuna bushfire

QUICK-THINKING by neighbours may have saved the home of a Kinkuna couple who had no idea a bushfire had taken hold near their house.

Steve Driver, who runs Four Way Kennels, said he had sat down to have a cup of tea yesterday morning when he noticed the fire by the side of the road out the window.

"It was about 30m away from my neighbours' house across the road," he said.

"I ran over to see if they knew about it - they weren't even aware. With the amount of trees around the place, I was concerned about it.

"I can't believe how fast it happened - it was an emergency situation straightaway. Within five to 10 minutes it was well alight."

Mr Driver, 53, called 000 and was full of praise for the rural firefighters who rallied to fight the blaze, which raged over an area of about 20 hectares.

"Emergency services got there fast. I would have bet anything the house would have gone if people didn't get in fast," he said.

"We couldn't have done it without the helicopter. There wasn't much access via road, so I can really think we would have lost houses without it."

Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) Bundaberg acting area director Phil Williams said at its peak, 10 crews from around the region attended the scene on top of the helicopter, including an urban crew from Bundaberg, to help protect the homes and structures in the area.

Mr Williams said the blaze had a fast-moving western front that took several hours to get under control.

"The fire had jumped the rail line (near Coonarr Rd) and was heading towards Goodwood Rd at one stage, but that was contained too," he said.

Mr Williams said the majority of the crews stayed for several hours to contain, create breaks and monitor the fire, and would continue to patrol it in coming days.

He said the cause of the fire was being investigated, but at this stage it was not believed to have been deliberately lit.



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