Smoke lingered around the Berserker Ranges today from a fire burning in Mt Chalmers.
Smoke lingered around the Berserker Ranges today from a fire burning in Mt Chalmers. Sari Beasley

UPDATE: Smoke causes hazards as fire moves close to road

UPDATE Wednesday, 7.30am: A LARGE fire at Mt Chalmers moved closer to a busy road yesterday afternoon, causing smoke hazards for motorists and residents.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services currently have two crews on scene near Yeppoon Rd and Dairy Inn Road, Ironpot where a large grass fire has extended from the Mt Chalmers area.

A spokeswoman from QFES said two crews attended the fire around 4pm yesterday afternoon to continue back-burning.

"They returned late yesterday and said it would continue to smoulder for quite a few days yet," the spokeswoman said.

Smoke continues to impede driving conditions for motorists travelling on the Yeppoon-Rockhampton Rd.

Around 5.30am this morning, a thick layer of early morning fog and smoke lingered for most of the 40km stretch of highway.

Smoke lingered around the Ironpot area making visibility limited and slowing cars to around 70km/h.

The fire is burning within containment lines and there is no threat to property at this time.

Crews are continuing to backburn and residents may be affected by smoke throughout the afternoon and evening.

Residents are asked to close windows and doors and keep their medications close by if suffering from a respiratory condition.

Motorists are advised to drive with caution and to conditions as smoke can decrease visibility on the road.

If residents are concerned their property is under threat they are advised to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

UPDATE TUESDAY 4.30PM: SMOKE continues to affect the region and motorists on Rockhampton-Yeppoon Rd, despite crews bringing a blaze under control. 

 A spokesperson from QFES said crews were still at the scene of the fire, now near Yeppoon Rd and Dairy Inn Rd, Ironpot. 

The fire is burning within containment lines and is no threat to property at this time. 

TUESDAY, 2pm: FIRE crews have controlled a blaze burning near Mt Chalmers today but smoke is still affecting the region.

A spokesperson from QFES said Rural Fire Service crews were patrolling the boundary of the fire around 12pm today after successful back-burning yesterday afternoon.

They said crews would continue to patrol the large area incase of any breaks, but the fire was under control.

Smoke lingered around the Berserker Ranges today from a fire burning in Mt Chalmers.
Smoke lingered around the Berserker Ranges today from a fire burning in Mt Chalmers. Sari Beasley

Crews were originally called to the blaze at Mt Chalmers on July 17 and have been battling it since.

Smoke has been affecting most of the region with many motorists experiencing the hazards on the busy Yeppoon-Rockhampton Rd.

Yeppoon woman, Sari Beasley encountered the large smoke cloud this morning and posted a video to social media.

"Coming through Cawarral- it was at the Ironpot sign we saw the beginning of the smoke," she said.

"The Rocky road was full of thick smoke too, visibility fine. That was at 8am."

Around 5.30am, visibility was so poor that cars slowed to around 70km/h on the same busy stretch of highway.

One motorist said she could hardly see the tail-lights of the car 20m in front, but the worst of the smoke hazard only lasted around 150m.

Fire crews urge motorists to be careful when travelling in the area.

UPDATE TUESDAY, 7am: FIRE crews are still battling a blaze in Mt Chalmers which has now been burning for a week.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services responded to the initial fire on July 17 and have been fighting the large grass fire since.

A spokesperson from QFES said they were working with Rural Fire Service crews and would be back on scene around 8.30am this morning.

The fire is currently burning near Mt Chalmers and close to Mt Archer State Forest.

The spokesperson said more back burning operations would be conducted today to try and build a barrier.

Five fire crews were on scene yesterday afternoon where smoke is billowing over the region.

A smoke haze could be seen from Rosslyn Bay to Rockhampton over the weekend.

This morning, visibility on the Yeppoon-Rockhampton Rd was limited and drivers are urged to be careful on the particular stretch near Ironpot, closest to the fire.

More to come.

UPDATE 1PM: FIVE Queensland Fire and Emergency crews are still working on containing a grass fire in Mount Chalmers that broke out Saturday evening.

The blaze began around 5.30pm on Saturday with crews working with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service to bring in machinery to create breaks in the fire.

The grass fire is still burning near New Zealand Gully Road and Cabbage Tree Creek, with crews continuing to focus on establishing breaks.

The first crew attended the fire at 8.30am and crews have been continuing back burning.

The fire was still burning this afternoon within containment lines.

There is currently no threat to surrounding properties at this time but nearby areas may be affected by a smoke haze.

Neighbouring homes and anyone affected are being asked to close windows and doors and to keep medications close by if they suffer from respiratory conditions.

Motorists are advised to drive with caution in the area.

Another vegetation fire also broke out at Parkhurst at 12.30pm and was within regulations.

Crews attended the fire at 12.45pm and left at 1pm after it was contained.

UPDATE 4.40pm. QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) have been working with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service throughout today to establish fire breaks in the Mt Chalmers area near Rockhampton.

This follows a smoke haze which hanged over wide areas of Rockhampton on Saturday evening after a fire broke out earlier that day around 5.30pm.

QFES is currently monitoring the fire.

UPDATE 10.30am: QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) has issued a bushfire warning for a blaze outside of Rockhampton.

At this time, there is no threat to properties in the area; however, nearby areas may be affected by a smoke haze.

QFES and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service crews will be establishing fire breaks on scene today.

The fire had created a smoke haze over wide areas of Rockhampton on Saturday evening after it broke out around 5.30pm.

There were no reports of any respiratory problems.

If residents are concerned about their property, they are advised to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

UPDATE 10am: ONE emergency crew from Cawarral is liaising with the Department of Parks and Wildlife Services in relation to an ongoing blaze at Mt Chalmers near Rockhampton.

They are arranging for machinery to be used to establish fire breaks in the area.

 

ONGOING BLAZE: Heavy machinery is being used to establish fire breaks in the Mt Chalmers area near Rockhampton following a blaze which broke out on Saturday afternoon.
ONGOING BLAZE: Heavy machinery is being used to establish fire breaks in the Mt Chalmers area near Rockhampton following a blaze which broke out on Saturday afternoon. Contributed

Emergency crews are unable to attend the scene as it is inaccessible.

The fire had created a smoke haze over wide areas of Rockhampton on Saturday evening after it broke out around 5.30pm.

There were no reports of any respiratory problems.

6.30pm: There is a smoke haze hanging over Rockhampton on Saturday evening following a grass fire breaking out at Mt Chalmers.

That fire was reported at 5.33pm with authorities advising smoke may affect residents and motorists in the area.

Smoke could be seen about the Berserker Ranges

Residents at Mt Chalmers were advised to close their doors and windows and keep medication close by if suffering from a respiratory condition. Motorists should also use caution and drive to conditions. Anyone with property is under threatis urged to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

Similar advices were issued for Cawarral Rd, Cawarral at 3pm Lake Mary Rd at Cobraball at 3pm and Keppel Sands Rd at 6pm.



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