Lightning triggers several grassfires

LIGHTNING strikes in dry paddocks created several fires in Central Queensland yesterday.

Regional volunteer crews were called to at least three spot fires in paddocks near Clermont, Banana and Anakie, all west of Rockhampton.

The fires didn't cause much havoc and were extinguished easily, said Winston Williams from the Regional Operations Co-ordination Centre (ROCC).

Mr Williams was the deputy co-ordinator for the fire response team yesterday and said conditions had been fairly helpful to firies.

He said the ROCC would keep a close eye on any storms across the region this week to see if it would help fires.

Yesterday a plane flew over the Mt Archer National Park to survey the area.

Mr Williams said the blaze was still inside containment lines.

Fire bans, which were scheduled to be lifted last night, have been extended until midnight on Monday next week.



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