Rain helps crews bring bushfire under control

TEN fire crews battled a bushfire at Mount Beecher, between Siding Rd and Jim Whyte Way on Friday.

The blaze, which broke out at 9.30am on Thursday, did not pose any threat to property.

Five rural and four fire crews were at the scene along with a parks and wildlife firefighting crew.

Mount Beecher and the Gladstone CBD were covered with smoke throughout the day.

A Queensland Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said a sky spotter had surveyed the fire from above to get an idea of how big the fire was.

Afternoon rain assisted the firefighters and they were able to control the fire about 4pm.

"It'll be monitored over the next few days," the spokesman said.

"There may be smoke over the city in the coming days, but that will depend on how much rain there is."

Residents are advised to close doors and windows, and keep medication on hand if suffering from a respiratory illness.



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