Firefighter injures leg

A FIREFIGHTER was recovering in hospital yesterday after he suffered a serious leg injury while fighting a Mt Morgan fire on Tuesday.

Fatigue was thought a factor in the injury - believed to be a broken leg - which happened while the man was fighting fires in a remote area.

He will be out of action until he recovers after undergoing surgery Tuesday night. It is not known how the accident happened.

The fires are taking their toll on exhausted crews who are working around the clock in the worst fire season for the central region in 25 years.

And although Wednesday night's isolated showers brought falls of between 6mm and 10mm across the region, giving some relief to crews during the night, rain only hampered back-burning that was put off until yesterday morning.

Superintendent for Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Col May said crews were struggling and another interstate team from the North Coast would arrive today to relieve local firefighters.

Mr May said fatigue and work in rural areas had resulted in a number of injuries to crews.

He said with a high fire danger expected to continue into the weekend, they were hoping to have the Mt Morgan fires contained today.

“The strong wind is a major problem, especially if we have any new outbreaks,” Mr May said.

Not only crews are feeling the stress, particularly in the Mt Morgan area where grassfires have been burning for nearly two weeks, but machinery has been stretched to breaking point.

“We have had vehicle breakdowns with two trucks coming off the road this morning (Wednesday morning),” Mr May said.

He said a mechanic had been flown up from a Brisbane workshop to help with specialist work needed to repair vehicles.

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