This photograph of a firefighter near the front of a raging fire close to the Orica explosives plant on Sunday night was taken by reader Tamara Seiler.
This photograph of a firefighter near the front of a raging fire close to the Orica explosives plant on Sunday night was taken by reader Tamara Seiler. Contributed

Bushfires biding their time

THE worst bushfires Gladstone has seen in years tore through large areas of bushland on the city's western fringe this week and it isn't over yet.

Assistant Fire Commissioner Neil Gallant said yesterday while exhausted fire crews would have some respite for the next few days, Bureau of Meteorology modelling pointed to a repeat of the weekend's fires this Saturday and Sunday.

"We've had a teleconference with the Severe Weather Desk and they're saying the wind will come around from the west.

"These are the same hot, dry winds we saw spreading the fires around Gladstone," Mr Gallant said.

Fires burning since 11am on Saturday were largely under control yesterday with fire crews urging residents of affected areas to closely monitor fires still smouldering in many rural-residential and residential areas.

Three crews were called to Flora Dr in Beecher yesterday to deal with a blaze that broke out at noon.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service strike teams were flown in from Mackay and Brisbane to help fight 47 vegetation fires in Gladstone and Rockhampton.

"Things are pretty much under control now," he said.

He reassured residents that flying in fire crews did not mean Gladstone was under-resourced.

"It's a statewide organisation and we have a surge capacity that we deploy whenever a large event occurs."

 

Timeline

11am - Burua blaze ignites

6pm - Fire jumps Kirkwood Road via Police Creek bridge

Tondoon Botanic Gardens and Gecko Valley burn through the night.

9am - Emmadale residents told to enact their bushfire plans

12 noon - Fire threatens Telina, Emmadale, Little Creek and Beecher Forest estate.

Monday - Fires largely under control. Fire in Flora Drive, Beecher.



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