Fire fighters battled a grassfire on Wyndham Rd, next to the Dawson Hwy on Monday afternoon. Photo Scott Sawyer / The Observer
Fire fighters battled a grassfire on Wyndham Rd, next to the Dawson Hwy on Monday afternoon. Photo Scott Sawyer / The Observer Scott Sawyer

Blazes in Gladstone region contained as crews back-burn

GRASSFIRES sparked over the weekend have continued to burn at Calliope and Mt Larcom, as firefighters take measures to ensure people and property remain safe.

Authorities are monitoring a fire on Gladstone-Monto Rd which they expect to burn for a least a week, and have managed to contain the fire on all sides except the northern side which is inaccessible.

Rural brigades from Tannum Sands, West Stowe, and Mt Maurice all assisted in the containment of the fire which started on August 10.

A Central Region Fire communications spokeswoman said authorities were able to contain all sides that were accessible, and were now undergoing back-burning to protect homes and property in the area, although no evacuations had been issued.

On Sunday a triple-0 call reported a fire behind the school of Bottletree Tce, Mt Larcom, which had started on the roadside, said a Fire Communications Central Region spokeswoman.

She said while a school and caravan park were in the vicinity of the fire, neither were threatened, and the fire had been kept within containment lines.

Fire fighters would continue to monitor both situations but at this stage no evacuations had been necessary.

In light of what appeared to be an early start to bushfire season this year; Rural Fire Services have called on local residents to be prepared.

Acting regional manager for Rural Fire Services Queensland Central Region, Lawrence Laing, said it was imperative that people on rural and residential property had definite plans prepared.

"People on rural property need to consider whether or not a fire truck can easily access their home," he said

Fire season rural tips

  • Reduce grass and vegetation around home by slashing if necessary
  • Create fire trails - bare earth trails are most effective
  • Clean gutters, look at sprinkler systems around home and on the roof
  • Create a moist environment to combat risk of embers and sparks
  • Look at alternative power sources for water if powerlines go down
  • For more tips go to www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au


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