Smoke haze settles over city of Rockhampton



LARGE grassfires east of Rockhampton caused a thick cloud of smoke to hang over the city yesterday afternoon.

The haze could be seen in Gracemere.

Light winds and hot temperatures allowed for the smoke to settle in the Rockhampton bowl for several hours.

The smoke came from large grassfires burning in the Mt Archer and Nankin areas.

Firefighters were on scene at about 2.30pm back burning and trying to fight the blaze.

The fire was controlled by 5.30pm.

The fire was not a threat to property, people or livestock and five rural brigades were the only units dispatched.

Despite complaints from a Musgrave Street business, there were no reports of smoke inhalation from the Rockhampton Hospital or several aged-care facilities.

The summer season is the worst time of year for fires around Rockhampton.

Rural and urban fire brigades are involved in back burning and fighting bush fires on a daily basis.

Over the weekend urban and rural fire brigades fought bush fires in the Cawarral area.



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