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High winds send fire close to homes

UPDATE FRIDAY: A fire lit to burn rubbish rapidly spread to within metres of homes on Weeroona Rd, Burua on Thursday.

Paddocks and an old mango plantation went up in flames at the private property near the Dawson Hwy turnoff.

High winds and dry air helped to quickly spread the blaze within metres of the owner's house.

Resident Marilyn Haertel said she realised the mango grove across the road was on fire when she heard the dogs barking.

"The flames were whopping," she said. "I went outside and saw the mango trees alight."

She said emergency crews arrived quickly and began containing the blaze.

"Five fire trucks came and the poor sods started working on keeping it away from the house."

Firefighters continued for hours back burning to protect houses nearby.

Queensland Fire and Emergency said they received a call at 11.34am to report the fire.

They said firefighters started blackening the area by burning and re-burning to protect adjacent properties and contain the blaze.

At 3.45pm the fire was under control and fire crews left the scene.

The fire was one of many that emergency crews had to contain yesterday.

Queensland Fire and Emergency have warned residents that dry winds and high temperatures in Gladstone region will mean the high fire danger rating will continue for the next few days.

THURSDAY 4PM: A grass fire at Burua has quickly engulfed an old mango plantation and bush land.

The fire began on private property near the train line and burned dangerously close to homes on Dawson Highway and Weeroona Road.

Emergency services attended the blaze and back burned to protect adjacent properties.

The fire is now under control.

Topics:  burua fire grass fire rural fire service



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