FIREYS BUSY: The Bucca fire was one of six in the region today.
FIREYS BUSY: The Bucca fire was one of six in the region today. Brian Cassidy

UPDATE: Bucca fire one of six in region today

UPDATE: Just after noon, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services rushed to the scene of a vegetation fire burning near North Bucca Rd, Bucca.

Rural Fire's south-west regional manager Tony Johnstone said the fire broke out about 12.30pm with 35 firefighters from seven different brigades working to extinguish the fire.

Mr Johnstone said it took the crews three-and-a-half hours to contain the blaze which spanned 60ha.

SMOKE SCREEN: Drivers were urged to be cautious in the area due to low visibility.
SMOKE SCREEN: Drivers were urged to be cautious in the area due to low visibility. Brian Cassidy

"We don't know how this one started ... it was one of six that happened today,” Mr Johnstone said.

"People need to realise that it's really dry in the Bundaberg area at the moment and watch when using slashers that they don't spark a fire.”

He said some of today's fires were likely started by machinery such as slashers and mowers.

Mr Johnstone praised the work of the firefighters, many of who left work and their properties to fight the blaze, and said nearby farmers helped where they could.

Had it not been for the resources and work of locals, Mr Johnstone said it could have been a lot worse, particularly in areas with long grass.

He is urging everyone in the Bundaberg region to be "very, very concious” when it comes to fire, get to know their local brigade and report fires as soon as possible.

BLAZE EXTINGUISHED: Fire crews mop up after a 60ha fire in Bucca North.
BLAZE EXTINGUISHED: Fire crews mop up after a 60ha fire in Bucca North. Brian Cassidy

EARLIER: JUST after midday, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services rushed to the scene of a vegetation fire burning near North Bucca Road, Bucca.

Rural Fire's south-west regional manager Tony Johnstone said the fire broke out about 12.30pm with 35 fire fighters from seven different brigades working to extinguish the fire.

Mr Johnstone said it took the crews three-and-a-half hours to contain the blaze which spanned 60ha.

"We don't know how this one started... it was one of six that happened today,” Mr Johnstone said.

"People need to realise that it's really dry in the Bundaberg area at the moment and watch when using slashers that they don't spark a fire.”

He said a few of today's fires were started by the likes of slashers and mowers.

Mr Johnstone praised the work of the fire fighters, many of which left work and their properties and said nearby farmers helped where they could.

Had it not been for the resources and work of locals Mr Johnstone said it could have been a lot worse, particularly in areas with long grass.

He is urging everyone in the Bundaberg region to be "very very concious” when it comes to fire, get to know their local brigade and report fries as soon as possible.

SMOKE SCREEN: Drivers were urged to be cautious in the area due to low visibility.
SMOKE SCREEN: Drivers were urged to be cautious in the area due to low visibility. Brian Cassidy

EARLIER: Queensland Fire and Emergency Services are at scene of a vegetation fire burning near North Bucca Road, Bucca.

A QFES spokesman said the fire broke out about 12.30pm and firefighters are currently working to contain the blaze.

"Residents in the vicinity of Bucca may be affected by smoke and are asked to close windows and doors,” the spokesman said.

"Those suffering from a respiratory condition should keep their medications close by.

"Motorists are advised to drive with caution and to conditions as smoke can decrease visibility on the road.”

If residents are concerned their property is under threat they are advised to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.



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