SUSPICIOUS: Authorities are treating a blaze near Kirkwood Rd as suspicious.
SUSPICIOUS: Authorities are treating a blaze near Kirkwood Rd as suspicious.

PHOTOS: Investigation into 'suspicious' Gladstone fire

UPDATE: 7.48pm: 

A GRASSFIRE that broke out in bushland next to Oakdale Pl in the Emmerdale Estate at 10am yesterday was being treated as suspicious.

Although the cause of the fire was unknown at this stage, Area Fire Service Queensland director Craig Magick said investigations would be conducted. 

The fire came close to homes and three fire units were called to the scene.

Police were placed on Kirkwood Rd to warn drivers to slow down because of the heavy smoke.

UPDATE: 11.23: 

Area Fire Service Queensland Director Craig Magick said the cause of a fire on vacant land, which engulfed Kirkwood Rd with smoke, is being treated as suspicious.

Mr Magick said investigations into what caused the fire are still ongoing.

Ergon technicians have also been called to the fire after it reportedly damaged power lines.

Police were managing traffic on Kirkwood Rd as visibility was significantly reduced.

Changing wind direction means the visibility is intermittently worsening.    

SUSPICIOUS: Authorities are treating a fire near Kirkwood Rd as suspicious.
SUSPICIOUS: Authorities are treating a fire near Kirkwood Rd as suspicious.

EARLIER: 

FIREFIGHTERS are battling a grass fire on vacant land that's engulfed Kirkwood Rd with smoke.

Crews on the ground are mainly concerned for nearby houses, with the fire edging within 10m of homes, and motorists along Kirkwood Rd, with smoke significantly reducing visibility.

Fire fighters urged motorists to drive carefully.

Three fire unit are battling the fire, with two of the units entering bushland on fire trails to prevent the fire's spread.

FIRE FIGHT: Crew battle blaze near Kirkwood Rd.
FIRE FIGHT: Crew battle blaze near Kirkwood Rd.

Fire fighters are expected to begin back burning shortly.

More to come



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