FIRESPOTTER: An aerial images from a bushfire buring at Bucca. Photo taken 12pm, Wednesday September 23, 2015. Photo Contributed
FIRESPOTTER: An aerial images from a bushfire buring at Bucca. Photo taken 12pm, Wednesday September 23, 2015. Photo Contributed Contributed

Rural crews battle fires at Bucca and Lowmead

A BUSHFIRE burning in inaccessible terrain at Bucca will continue to be monitored by rural fire crews after it burned through more than 600ha in five days.

Late Wednesday four crews were containing spot fires and working with aerial support to monitor the blaze which broke out on Friday.

Residents were advised to consider taking precautionary measures including putting on protective clothing, drinking lots of water, moving cars to a safe location, closing windows and doors and shutting blinds and bringing pets inside.

Rural Fire Service Queensland acting area director Phil Williams said residents had done well to protect their own homes and there was no risk to properties at this stage.

"We're monitoring it closely on the ground and from the air today because of the forecast weather conditions, but at this stage there's no real threat to properties."

Mr Williams said the fire had burnt a significant amount of bushland on a private property, but the cause was yet to be investigated.

"The fire will be investigated but we're just dealing with the current risk at the moment," he said.

"We're looking at in the order of around 600ha.

"There's a lot of land in there and a lot of bushfire fuel so it's going to rattle around in those hills and valleys for a few more days so there will be some smoke around but it is being monitored and patrolled and poses no danger to anyone.

"Most the locals are happy that it's burning now and not in December."

Mr Williams said minimal crews were conducting patrols yesterday but there were numerous resources they could call on if needed.

"We have a lot of crews available to attend if required," he said.

"Crews from Gin Gin, Wallaville, Bungadoo, Tirroan, Yandaran, Avondale and all around, the rural volunteer fire brigades are amazing."

Mr Williams said at this stage there was no urgency but urged residents to keep up to date with any advice via the website www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.

With a heightened bushfire season expected, Mr Williams said it was a timely reminder to be prepared as crews also battled a blaze at Lowmead on Wednesday.

Six Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews fought the bushfire burning near Clarke Rd and Mackellor Rds.

Crews worked to strengthen containment lines surrounding the fire, which started about 10.30am.

The blaze did destroy a shack on a property and investigations are continuing into the cause.

A large smoke haze was affecting surrounding areas and residents were advised to close windows and doors and keep medication on hand if suffering from a respiratory illness.



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