Rural fire crews are mopping up a fire at Sunshien Acres. Photo: Alistair Brightman /File
Rural fire crews are mopping up a fire at Sunshien Acres. Photo: Alistair Brightman /File

Fire contained but weather conditions could ignite more

A bush fire which partially cut off Maryborough and Hervey Bay yesterday has been contained by fire crews.

QFES Area Commander for Maryborough Command, Mark Long said, as of 10:30am, the Sunshine Acres fire was being patrolled and mopped up.

"Yesterday afternoon it was pretty windy there and hot conditions as well. There was a lot of fuel around the area, when the fire started the weather conditions made it pretty hard for crews to get in and put the fire out."

"The wind was the biggest contributing factor.

"The fire is still under investigation by police and QFES … it was small when it first reported, I'm sure QFES and police investigators will look into that once it's extinguished.

Mr Long said the region could expect more grass fires to ignite this month, due to the weather conditions and lack of rainfall on the Fraser Coast.

"Until we get some really good rain, the conditions are still going to be very hot and potential large grass and bush fires will occur."

"What's been highlighted in this area where the fire has been is land holders have done a lot of work with regards to fire breaks and perimeters clear so our crews can get in.

"We encourage landholders to have a fire plan in place for their family, communicate with their local rural brigade and adhere to messages from authorities.

"Be vigilant if you see smoke or fire, please report it or call triple-0. The sooner it's reported, the sooner we can get crews on scene and extinguish it … it's better to be safe than sorry."


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