Rural and urban firefighters work together as they battled a raging grass fire at Glendale yesterday.
Rural and urban firefighters work together as they battled a raging grass fire at Glendale yesterday. Allan Reinikka

Firies fight to save homes

IT was an anxious afternoon as firefighters battled to protect three properties from a large blaze at Etna Creek, north of Rockhampton, yesterday.

The fire came within 200m of one home and at its height authorities were reportedly considering closing the Bruce Hwy. Smoke from the fire could clearly be seen as far away as the city.

The grass fire started from a permitted burn about 1.45pm.

While no-one was forced to evacuate their home, the fire had a 1km front and was fast moving, in the vicinity of Etna and Meldrum Rds, in the Glendale Estate. Authorities had 14 urban and rural crews fighting the blaze, an aircraft was tasked to conduct air reconnaissance and police were called in.

The blaze was under control before 6pm, but was to be monitored overnight to ensure it didn't flare again.

Crews will return to the scene today.

The grass fire was the first this year to threaten property in and around Rockhampton, although other parts of Central Queensland have been hit hard.

The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service is bracing for what could be Central Queensland's worst grassfire season in 20 years and conditions today are expected to be similar to yesterday.

Earlier a grass fire engulfed a skid-steer loader on the Razorback Rd, between Rockhampton and Mt Morgan.

Late yesterday afternoon police also attended another grass fire along the Bruce Highway 20km north of Yaamba, which the local rural brigade had under control.



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