Fire at Moore Park
THE sight of a fire tearing through bushland is not a rare one for former Latrobe Valley resident Natalie O'Donoghue.
So when she saw smoke howling out of the Moore Park bushland Sunday morning, the alarm bells started ringing.
“I saw Ash Wednesday... so there is always that feeling when you see a fire - you think, 'I hope it doesn't get out of control',” she said.
“But the firefighters were able to get it under control.”
The fire broke out in bushland off Tammy Road in Moore Park and threatened several houses on Isaac Moore Drive Sunday.
Crews from Bundaberg and regional volunteer crews were able to get the blaze under control and away from houses before lunch.
“We received the first call about 9.40am, with multiple calls after that over the threat to houses,” Bundaberg fire inspector Andrew McCracken said.
As flames crept closer to residences, Mr McCracken said residents pitched in and helped put out spot fires, and it was out by 10.40am.
“We were actually planning to go into town but then we saw the smoke,” Ms O'Donoghue said.
“But, when we saw the smoke we decided to stay and make sure the house was safe.
“Luckily the fire wasn't too out of control, though.”
The fire at Moore Park was one of 16 that fire crews were fighting across Queensland at the same time Sunday morning.
Other fires burned at Nerang State Forest, the Numinbah Valley, Nanango, Mount Moffat, Nanango, Ilbilbie and Bluewater as dry, windy conditions swept the state.