CQ set to explode

By NATALIE SMITH and MIKARLA THURECHT

MILLIONS of dollars worth of rural property are at risk as parts of Central Queensland burn.

Bushfires have been fought by rural fire brigades at Agnes Water, Mount Morgan, Mount Larcom and Yeppoon in recent days.

Since Thursday, fire fighters have worked almost around the clock to keep the fires contained.

Rockhampton Rural Fire Services acting district inspector Gary Seaman said while many of the fires were now under control, others continued to cause trouble.

"The running fires are causing problems,'' he said.

"If anyone sees a fire they should report it to 000.''

Mr Seaman said both rural and urban fire crews fought a large grass fire at Mount Morgan, in and around the Struck Oil township, at the weekend.

He said said eight trucks were on the scene to fight the blaze, which had been burning for days.

Mr Seaman said four trucks had also worked to extinguish a blaze at Coowonga and crews continued to fight a large fire at Agnes Water.

He said fires around the Mount Larcom/Raglan area were now under control.

"At Miriam Vale for the Agnes Water fire there were seven crews working on Friday.

"We've had crews working up at Mt Morgan and Mt Larcom and Woodbury and people from Rydges (Capricorn Resort) helped with the one near Rydges.

"We really just need rain now.''

Rockhampton Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Mike Marrinan said there had been a very high fire danger warning issued for parts of the state.



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