Grass fire on O'Shanesy St, near the bridge, at Gracemere. There are a number of spot fires along the Capricorn Highway/ rail corridor.
Grass fire on O'Shanesy St, near the bridge, at Gracemere. There are a number of spot fires along the Capricorn Highway/ rail corridor. Aimee Jackson

FIRE: Highway reopened with most hazards cleared

3.25pm: THE Department of Main Roads and Transport advises the Capricorn Highway is reopened at Gracemere now the smoke hazard has cleared.

The advice suggests motorists still need to drive cautiously with smoke lingering in the area.

3pm: ONE lane of the Capricorn Hwy has been reopened as firefighters continue to work extinguishing a fast moving grass fire which started around lunchtime today.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services report the fire broke out about 12.30pm and is posing no direct threat to property at this time.

The fire is contained, but smoke is affecting the area.

Residents should close windows and doors and keep their medication close by if they suffer from a respiratory condition.

Traffic restrictions are in place on the Capricorn Highway between Gracemere township and the Gracemere saleyards.

Motorists travelling in the area should drive with caution and to conditions and be mindful of QFES personnel working in the area.

People should call Triple Zero (000) immediately if they believe their property is under threat.

2.30pm: TWO firefighters at the scene of a fast moving grass fire in Gracemere are being treated by ambulance officers for heat and smoke issues.

There are 10 urban and rural fire crews at the scene of the fire near O'Shanesy St, Beck St and the Capricorn Highway.

2.15pm: TRAFFIC diversions are place for motorists travelling Capricorn Highway as emergency services attend a fast moving grass fire.

A Queensland Police Service spokesman said there were diversions at the McLaughlin St and Capricorn Highway traffic lights intersection and Morgan St and Capricorn Hwy intersection.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesman said a call came in at 12.30pm when someone spotted a fast moving grass fire in a paddock at the back of Beck St, Gracemere.

There are currently 10 rural and urban fire appliances at the scene extinguishing the fire and carrying out back burning.

 

1.30pm: THE CAPRICORN Highway is closed in all directions, along with the rail corridor heading west, due to a number of spot fires in the area.

Reports indicate multiple crews are attending fires with power poles and a transformer amid the fires.

One report said a guard rail near the bridge on O'Shanesy St was on fire.

1.08pm: FIRE crews are enroute to a grass fire near the Gracemere shops.

Reports indicate a number of spot fires on the highway are moving towards the Capricorn Highway and McLaughlin St intersection.

Carissa Robertson posted photos of the smoke from the fire as seen from her place.

Motorists travelling west along the Capricorn Hwy are being stopped by emergency services at the traffic lights.

Reports indicate trains are being stopped as the fires move through railway land.

Meanwhile another person has posted another fire photo on a Crime Watch Facebook page say the photo of this fire was taken on O'Shanesy St, near the bridge, at Gracemere.

The post states Police have blocked that area as well as the highway due to poor visibility.

Reports indicate multiple power poles have been impacted by the fires and one transformer.



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