Rain brings some relief for weary rural firefighters

FIREFIGHTERS in central Queensland have been given some relief after yesterday's wet weather.

The change has helped crews bring several fires under control including at Rosedale, south of Gladstone.

Last week, crews also responded to fires at Mt Morgan, near Rockhampton, and the Beecher State Forest.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service local operations manager Brian Smith told the ABC while the rain had dampened areas near the coast, conditions were still very dry further inland.

"We're hoping that we do get good rain penetrating into the centre of Australia and into our area as well," he said.

"What it will do is hopefully give the firefighters a reprieve.

"They've had a very busy month or so with the number of active fires, and also some of out crews have gone into the North Coast region, just west of Bundaberg, to assist on fires there as well."



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