Fifty homes threatened by fires

Firefighters yesterday backburnt to protect about 50 Boyne Island homes against fires burning nearby.

It was one of a number of fires that burnt in the Gladstone region in the past two days.

Boyne Island Fire and Rescue Lieutenant Michael Dodds said the fire near Centenary Drive and the reserve began about 5pm yesterday.

About 20 hectares had been burnt last night and firefighters were expected to continue working until late in the night.

Mr Dodds said back burning had been conducted to protect homes against the fire which may flare up again tomorrow.

The fire last night remained between one and two kilometres away from about 50 houses. Investigations were continuing into the fire.

A number of small fires were put out shortly after they began at Police Creek near the Dawson Highway about 6pm on Thursday and are also being investigated.

A fire also began about 10.45am on Thursday off Glenlyon Road at the back of Toolooa Estate which continued to be monitored yesterday.

Panic arose when services were alerted to a house fire yesterday afternoon ? fortunately it was just an overcooked roast.

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