News

Firefighters nervous as blaze burns in dry conditions

Four rural fire crews attended a large bushfire at Iveragh on Tuesday, getting the fire under control and back-burning.
Four rural fire crews attended a large bushfire at Iveragh on Tuesday, getting the fire under control and back-burning. Brenda Strong

A FIRE burning at Iveragh since Thursday has burned through at least 400ha so far and come close to a firefighter's property.

The rural fire service spent three hours on Tuesday setting up a back-burn in an effort to contain the blaze near Thwaites Rd, which jumped containment lines on Sunday morning.

The blaze is burning between between Lake Awoonga and the Bruce Highway south of Gladstone.

Floods a reminder to be prepared as cyclone season starts

Crews are being assisted by a strong south to south-easterly breeze, with Benaraby Rural Fire Brigade second officer Paul Finlay saying the breeze was heaven-sent.

"It is blowing quite a bit, but it's blowing in the right direction for us at the moment, so that will help with the burn. If it was blowing in any other direction it would be a bit of a worry, but at the moment the wind is in our favour," Mr Finlay said.

Estimating the fire front at about 10 to 15km long, Mr Finlay's own property escaped a close shave.

"When the fire went north on Sunday morning it went north towards the state forest and Pikes Crossing. It came to within about half a kilometre of my property, but luckily we were able to box that in," Mr Finlay said.

The fire has not yet claimed any properties due to the favourable breeze pushing it away from danger.

Mr Finlay said unusually dry conditions for this time of year were making firefighters in the region nervous.

"If we don't get any rain soon, this fire season could last for a couple of months yet. We're really hanging out for some rain."

However, there's little sign of relief yet, with central Queensland in the middle of a heatwave, with sizzling temperatures in Gladstone and Rockhampton ensuring an uncomfortably warm start to the new year.

The Bureau of Meteorology said there had been an unusually dry start to the summer period so far, but the wet season was just around the corner.

Attempts to back-burn on Tuesday were delayed when a nearby permitted burn fired-up because of the strong wind, forcing crews to deviate to put that fire out before getting on with the main back-burning operation.

If a fire is in your area:

  • Listen to local broadcasts or check websites for updates.
  • Close windows and doors and shut blinds.
  • Take down curtains and move furniture away from windows.
  • Block downpipes (at the top) and fill gutters with water if possible.
  • Wet down the sides of buildings and nearby shrubbery in the likely path of the bushfire.

- Source: QRFS

Rural fire crews at Iveragh on Tuesday.
Rural fire crews at Iveragh on Tuesday.

Topics:  fire firefighters gladstone heatwave qfrs



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

BOM: Severe weather warning tonight

REAL TIME: A massive cloud band is moving across Rockhampton right now. Source: Real Time BSCH

Possible flash flooding for the region

Jail for man who withdrew $1000 using stolen bank card

David Weatherall.

THE bank card was taken from a Gladstone home in a burglary.

He's accused of raping his cell mate while watching porn

Borallon Correctional Centre. Photo Contributed

A CAPRICORNIA Correctional Centre inmate is on trial.

Local Partners

Chris Pratt fell asleep while babysitting

Chris Pratt revealed he fell asleep during babysitting duties

Kylie Minogue: I want to get married soon

Pop star Kylie Minogue has revealed she hopes to get married soon

Amanda Seyfried lets slip the sex of her baby

Amanda Seyfried has suggested the sex of her baby

Meet the Brisbane breakfast radio king's replacement

Craig Zonca ABC Radio

ABC announces Craig Zonca as the replacement for Spencer Howson

How predictable are your Netflix habits?

Stranger Things is taking the world by storm as a new-age nostalgic Sci-Fi Thriller

The new entertainment binging pattern

Kanye West is on the mend now he's back from hospital

Kanye West is more relaxed since returning home from hospital

Ipswich City Properties asset portfolio retains its value

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

High profile premier invests in Gladstone industrial facility

Former Queensland premier Campbell Newman heads a group that bought the UGL warehouses in Paget for $10 million.

FORMER PREMIER heads group that's backing Gladstone to bounce back.

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!