Fire follows lifting of ban

A GRASSFIRE broke out on a property in Belmont yesterday only a day after fire bans were lifted across the state.

The fire, which station officer Craig Gregory said started east of a property on Belmont Road just metres from a house, was being pushed along by the prevailing wind and had doubled in size in a matter of minutes.

“It was edging close to the house, but it (the house) was safe,” he said.

Recent rainfall and improved weather conditions prompted the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service to cancel all remaining fire bans throughout the state on Monday.

The weather conditions have made it safer to use fire, but anyone wishing to light a fire which will be larger than two metres in any direction must obtain a permit.

The grassfire began yesterday about noon and was covering 20 hectares by 1.30pm.

Four fire crews were needed to keep the blaze under control and some were still there at 6pm.

Mr Gregory was unable to say how the fire started, but said it would be under investigation once the fire was out.

Permits to light a fire can be obtained from the local fire warden and further information on safe fire practices can be found at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.

Fire bans are put into place in periods of extreme weather.

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