Rural fire crews attend to blaze in Parkhurst.
Rural fire crews attend to blaze in Parkhurst. Sharyn Oneill

Families flee as fire threatens

FAMILIES were put on alert, with some opting to just leave as a bushfire north of Rockhampton threatened structures yesterday afternoon.

The Walker-Gilbert family decided not to tempt fate, jumping in the car around 2.30pm to leave their threatened home.

Tania Walker said she'd been watching the fire since late morning Sunday and got the family prepared for evacuation.

"It's the first time I've been this close to a fire," she said.

Ms Walker said when she saw a wall of fire coming towards her house, that's when she packed up the car, cramming in five children aged three to 17, along with two dogs and two cats.

The family also had to hustle a horse across the Bruce Highway after it decided to stop in the middle.

Luckily, firefighters told the family late in the afternoon that their house was not affected by the fire.

Just after the Walker-Gilbert family decided to leave, firefighters closed the highway as the fire approached the edge.

At 3pm, 10 Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) crews worked to contain the large bushfire that was moving fast and heading in a westerly direction.

By 4.15pm, 24 fire crews, a fire spotter and two water bombing aircraft were working to control the blaze.

However, at 6.42pm the fire no longer posed a threat to buildings in the area.

Crews remained on scene into the evening.

 

Fire timeline

3pm: 10 fire crews at scene of the fast-moving fire that was heading in a westerly direction.

4.15pm: 24 fire crews, a fire spotter and two water bombers involved

6.42pm: structures in area no longer threatened.



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