Haze blankets Toowoomba viewed from Mount Lofty lookout caused by fire at Ravensbourne, Sunday, October 30, 2016.
Haze blankets Toowoomba viewed from Mount Lofty lookout caused by fire at Ravensbourne, Sunday, October 30, 2016. Kevin Farmer

Relief crews called in to help at Ravensbourne fire

UPDATE: Fresh crews are being sent in to relieve exhausted firefighters who have been battling a fire at Ravensbourne since early this morning.

Fourteen vehicles are taking part in firefighting operations at Buaraba South.

Two graders have been working to cut fire breaks.

National Parks vehicles are working with rural volunteer crews at the scene.

The firefighters are expected to work late tonight and return again tomorrow.

Haze blankets Toowoomba, as seen from Commonwealth Oval, caused by fire at Ravensbourne, Sunday, October 30, 2016.
Haze blankets Toowoomba, as seen from Commonwealth Oval, caused by fire at Ravensbourne, Sunday, October 30, 2016. Kevin Farmer

The fire is in the vicinity of Seventeen Mile Rd and Palmtree Dr.

Superintendent Tony Johnstone, who manages rural operations for south-west Queensland, said landholders, fire brigades and councils had done a lot of preparation to mitigate fires.

He paid tribute to the volunteers who were in the line of duty.

"They work all day and give up their night to fight fires. I can't speak highly enough of them," he said.

"We need to thank their employers too.

"Some of those people have to leave work, or go back tired. We really appreciate it."

SUNDAY 9AM: Air support has been called in to help firefighters battling a fire continuing to burn at Ravensbourne.

The aircraft arrived about 10am and mapped the fire at Buaraba South.

Police are blocking certain sections of Seventeen Mile Rd because of fallen trees.

They are also monitoring trees that could fall for safety purposes.

Twelve rural appliances are at the scene.

 The fire is in the vicinity of Seventeen Mile Rd and Palmtree Dr.

Cool temperatures this morning have helped prevent a major flare-up.

A spokeswoman for the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said "the cavalry" was being sent for to deal with the fire due to fears increasing temperatures could escalate the fire.

Superintendent Tony Johnstone, who manages rural operations for south-west Queensland, said the fire was covering about 500ha of mostly inaccessible bush land.

He said five brigades worked until midnight yesterday.

A council and privately-owned grader worked to install containment lines and fallback lines for properties that could be at risk.

The fire was mapped about 5.30pm yesterday by an aircraft to provide intelligence on the fire.

Smoke rises from the fire at Ravensbourne. Photo Chris Thompson
Smoke rises from the fire at Ravensbourne. Photo Chris Thompson

Supt Johnstone said the mapping was linked to command vehicles on the ground, enabling firefighters to see the fire in real-time.

He said all the firefighters were volunteers apart from one crew of auxiliaries.

"They work all day and give up their night to fight fires. I can't speak highly enough of them," he said.

Supt Johnstone advised people with respiratory problems to keep out of the smoke, close their doors and windows and have a fan going.

"It's hard for us to limit the smoke," he said.

Other fires in the region last night were in Toowoomba, Crows Nest and a permitted burn at Gowrie Junction.

SATURDAY 7PM: A fire stretching across 4km in Ravensbourne is threatening houses in the area.

A spokeswoman from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said measures were in place to protect the homes.

The fire is burning in Buaraba South at Ravensbourne.

The blaze originally started burning on Tuesday but was mostly extinguished that day.

It reignited with vigour about 1.45pm today.

A water tanker, three control vehicles, a senior officer and eight rural appliances are at the scene tonight.

SATURDAY 4PM: Air support has been called in to battle a massive grass fire at Ravensbourne

Firefighters are reporting a fire in dense bush land near Seventeen Mile Rd.

An Air Attack aircraft has been called in to scout the fire.

Additional firefighters are being called in to help battle the blaze from Laidley.

A spokesman from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said the fire was "well involved".



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