UPDATE 4pm: 

ROADS around Boyne Island will be blanketed in thick smoke this evening.

Firefighters have left a fire burning on an island near residential estate Riverstone Rise after burning four to five acres of bush land.

Although the fire, which is still burning, is contained to the 300 acre island, wind conditions created fears it would jump the creek and threaten homes at Riverstone Rise.

About 20 fire fighters worked to back burn land on the mainland to ensure the fire wouldn't encroach on homes.

But drivers need to beware, there will be thick smoke covering roads tonight and tomorrow.

"As the cool air sets in it will push the smoke down to ground level," Tannum Sands rural fire fighter David Button said.

He said although crews were confident the fire was contained, patrols would head back to the area tomorrow to check.  

UPDATE 3.00PM: 

BACK burning has continued into the afternoon to keep a fire at Boyne Island under control. 

Huge plumes of smoke have been blanketing the area and crews expect to stay in on the scene until at least 4pm. 

No homes are under threat with the fire contained to an island. 

Ensuring the fire doesn't spread to the other side of the creek is still the fire fighters' priority as they back burn on the northern side of the island near residential estate Riverstone Rise.  

UPDATE 1.30PM: 

FIRE crews have now set up on the Riverstone Rise side of the creek to continue back burning operations and ensure bush land near Riverstone Rise doesn't catch fire. 

Fire fighters say there are "no clues" as to how the fire started, but at this stage no investigation has been launched. 

A fire burning on an island at Boyne-Tannum is expected to burn for days.
A fire burning on an island at Boyne-Tannum is expected to burn for days.

UPDATE 12.30pm: 

FIREFIGHTERS have called another crew to a fire burning on an island opposite the Boyne-Tannum crematorium.

Five units are now on the scene.

Stopping the fire from crossing the creek and spreading to the bushland surrounding residential estate Riverstone Rise is the firefighters' priority, Tannum Sands rural fire fighter David Button said.

Back burning is underway to contain the fire but thick smoke is covering the area. 

The island is 300 ha of vegetation and Mr Button, who has been on scene since the fire broke out around 10.30 this morning, said the island would be burning for days. 

"Most of the area is inaccessible so we will continue back burning to contain it and make sure it doesn't jump the creek," Mr Button said. 

"There's no way of putting it out at this stage."

The crews are on a race against time, trying to ensure enough vegetation in the tidal area is burnt off before high tide this afternoon.

EARLIER: 

SMOKE covering Boyne Island near Boyne Island Rd is being caused by a fire on an island.

Four fire crews are working to control the fire which started about 10.30am.

The large smoke cloud can be seen from Gladstone, however because the fire is isolated to the island, no homes are under threat.

Crews have started back burning to contain the fire. 

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has advised nearby residents to keep their windows and doors closed.  

More to come.



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