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Fire closes highway

Fire warden Alistair Chapman backburns along the Dawson Highway  towards Biloela in an effort to control a wild bushfire.
Fire warden Alistair Chapman backburns along the Dawson Highway towards Biloela in an effort to control a wild bushfire.

By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au

FLAMES and smoke stopped traffic for several hours along the Dawson Highway yesterday as a bushfire swept through wild country between Calliope and Biloela.

Fire brigades from Calliope and Banana shires rushed to the fire but could not prevent it leaping the Dawson Highway. Vehicles were forced to line up along the highway until police were able to reopen the road.

The road is expected to remain open unless the wind direction shifts.

Gladstone Police Sergeant Owen Lawton said motorists should still exercise caution because smoke from spot fires could make visibility poor in places.

A FireCom spokesperson said volunteer firefighters were backburning late yesterday to reduce the chance of a new flare-up.

She said the Calliope Bush Fire Brigade and the Thangool and Dumgree brigades were keeping an eye on the fire. The spokesperson said there were fires throughout the region which were keeping the volunteers busy.

She said the Mt Alma Bush Fire Brigade, which had been fighting another fire approaching from Mt Morgan, also attended the Dawson Highway fire to assist.

A high fire danger prevails for today.



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