Crews battle 14 grassfires
THE mercury failed to climb to a record in Rockhampton yesterday but that didn't stop 14 grassfires from flaring.
And the flames ran emergency crews off their feet.
The temperature in Rockhampton hit a top of 36 degrees at 3pm, one degree off the record temperature of 37.1 degrees on September 22, 1943 and was the hottest in the region.
Moranbah reached a top of 35 degrees and Yeppoon was 33 degrees.
A Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said there were two grass fires still burning into the evening.
A fire in Lowmead, near Gladstone, began at 9.30am and was still burning late yesterday, covering an area of 250 acres and requiring up two eight fire appliances.
The spokeswoman said a grass fire in Rosedale, south of Gladstone, covering an area of 50 acres destroyed a large wood shed and was also still burning.
Firefighters managed to save a shed in Gracemere from a blaze that started at 2.15pm and burnt 10 acres.
A fire in Mount Morgan, which began at 12.40pm, was described as “rapid-moving” by the spokeswoman who reported it was under control by 2.30pm.