Queensland Fire and Rescue Services fire fighters from the Ripley Station were on hand to control a small grass fire at Yamanto. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times
Queensland Fire and Rescue Services fire fighters from the Ripley Station were on hand to control a small grass fire at Yamanto. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times David Nielsen

Fire burned for seven weeks in Byfield area

FIREFIGHTERS who have been assisting the Australian Army battle a blaze in the Byfield area have been stood down thanks to the rain.

The fire broke out in the Shoalwater Bay area on October 22 and reignited on October 26, according to the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services records.

A QFES spokeswoman said the Australian Army fought the fire in the first instance and QFES were called to assist on November 1.

She said QFES were stood down yesterday and the fire was being monitored by landowners, including HQ Plantations.

SES were also involved with this incident and were stood down yesterday thanks to the rain, according to Rockhampton coordinator Eddie Cowie.

Mr Cowie said SES crews were involved for the past six weeks.

The Australian Defence Force and Rural Fire Service crews conducted water bombing and worked with ground crews to battle the fire, burning in inaccessible land at Shoalwater Bay.



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