A thousand acres burn

By CHRIS LYNCHchrisl@gladstoneobserver.com.au

AN estimated 1000 acres of land was burnt out as winds fanned a massive bush fire just south of the Calliope Crossroads yesterday.

Large fire fronts understood to have been burning for days reached rural properties off Old Ten Chain Road, two kilometres south of the turn-off.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Glad- stone Station Officer David Young said 15 rural and urban fire fighters from the city, Mount Maurice, Benaraby, Boyne Tannum, Calliope and Westow had spent most of the day fighting the blaze.

"We have a fire burning on two fronts fanned by 15-knot winds,'' Mr Young said.

"We've used back burns and hoses to try and contain it but the large area has made things difficult.''

Mr Young said trucks had replenished water supplies using one property owner's dam.

"There's been about 15 fire-fighters in atten- dance,'' he said.

"We don't know how the fire started.

Benaraby Rural Fire Service volunteer Trevor Simpson was exhausted by late afternoon, having arrived on scene at 11am.

When asked to describe the efforts of his colleagues he stat- ed the day had been "very ex- hausting'' and "bloody hot''.

"It was pretty big when we got here,'' Mr Simpson said.

"It jumped the track and we were fighting that one and then it jumped again.''

Late yesterday property own- ers on Mortimer and Olive Roads had rallied around fire- fighters to devise how to handle the continuing fire.

Barriers had been burnt to protect some properties and some owners were given walkie talkies to alert rural officers stationed at various vantage points if their homes were threatened.

Urban fire-fighters left the scene about 5pm with rural officers staying on.

There was some indication late yesterday that homes could be threatened today, with earth moving equipment moving in to build fire breaks.

AN estimated 1000 acres of land was burnt out as winds fanned a massive bush fire just south of the Calliope Crossroads yesterday.

Large fire fronts understood to have been burning for days reached rural properties off Old Ten Chain Road, two kilometres south of the turn-off.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Glad- stone Station Officer David Young said 15 rural and urban fire fighters from the city, Mount Maurice, Benaraby, Boyne Tannum, Calliope and Westow had spent most of the day fighting the blaze.

"We have a fire burning on two fronts fanned by 15-knot winds,'' Mr Young said.

"We've used back burns and hoses to try and contain it but the large area has made things difficult.''

Mr Young said trucks had replenished water supplies using one property owner's dam. "There's been about 15 fire-fighters in atten- dance,'' he said.

"We don't know how the fire started. Benaraby Rural Fire Service volunteer Trevor Simpson was exhausted by late afternoon, having arrived on scene at 11am.

When asked to describe the efforts of his colleagues he stat- ed the day had been "very ex- hausting'' and "bloody hot''.

"It was pretty big when we got here,'' Mr Simpson said.

"It jumped the track and we were fighting that one and then it jumped again.''

Late yesterday property own- ers on Mortimer and Olive Roads had rallied around fire- fighters to devise how to handle the continuing fire.

Barriers had been burnt to protect some properties and some owners were given walkie talkies to alert rural officers stationed at various vantage points if their homes were threatened.

Urban fire-fighters left the scene about 5pm with rural officers staying on.

There was some indication late yesterday that homes could be threatened today, with earth moving equipment moving in to build fire breaks.



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