Bike rider alerts authorities of blaze near beach

FIREFIGHTERS battled a onehectare bushfire on the northern side of Mulambin Beach yesterday afternoon.

Luke Sherwood, who was riding his motorcycle along the Emu Park Road, said the fire appeared to have started from the top of Bluff Point.

When he and his friends, who were travelling by car, saw the blaze they immediately called the authorities.

"I was getting charcoal in my eyes while riding,'' he said.

He said the fire spread extremely quickly due to the strong winds.

Two Emu Park fire units responded to the blaze.

One composite pumper along with a ute were at the scene.

The fire was controlled within two hours of their arrival.

By press time yesterday firefighters were still at the scene cleaning up.

The cause of the blaze had not been determined.

Nobody was hurt and no property was damaged in the blaze.

The fire also did not spread to the nearby national park, as firefighters were able to stop it from advancing.

Firefighters also assisted in a controlled burn on private property along the Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road on Saturday.

A unit from the rural brigade ensured the controlled burn was done in a safe fashion.



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