Lance Clulee of the Benaraby Rural Fire Brigade carries out backburning operations near the Boyne Island-Benaraby roundabout on Sunday.
Lance Clulee of the Benaraby Rural Fire Brigade carries out backburning operations near the Boyne Island-Benaraby roundabout on Sunday. Luka Kauzlaric

Fire crews backburn to protect homes from bush blaze

GLADSTONE'S urban fire-fighters were called to help the rural brigades do a backburning mission after a grassfire lit up bushland near Gladstone-Benaraby Rd.

A wide fire-front faced firefighters as they set about protective backburning to keep property and lives safe on Sunday.

Urban crews attended to co-ordinate the burns. Officer in charge Cliff Edwards oversaw the backburning operation, which involved rural crews from Benaraby and Mt Maurice.

The fire began in the hills east of the Boyne Island-Benaraby roundabout, before backburning was done from the Gladstone-Benaraby Rd and Boyne Island Rd area to protect homes and property in the nearby area.

Gladstone-Benaraby Rd was closed at 3.45pm on Sunday as a result of limited visibility due to thick smoke, but it was reopened shortly afterwards.

Benaraby Rural Fire Brigade first officer David Kretschmer said the mission had been successful as the attending brigades had been able to contain the grassfire with the help of firebreaks constructed in the area.



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