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Rocky region fire smoldering after huge emergency effort

UPDATE 12PM, SUNDAY: SMOKE shrouded Gracemere on yesterday as a huge emergency service effort tackled a roaring bushfire near the water reservoir.

Paramedics were called in to treat firefighters for exhaustion as a combination of seven Rural Units and Queensland Fire and Emergency Service crews fought to contain the flames.  

In some areas, plumes of smoke made visibility near impossible, though it didn't stop locals watching on from their balconies and roadside.  

The affected area had been contained to about 50m by 50m yesterday evening, before it was completely under control as of 6pm, when crews left the scene.  

The fire broke out about 1.35pm near the water reservoir on Reservoir Rd, between on the old and new Capricorn highways.  

Police were also called in to shut down roads, and ambulance officers were on stand-by through the afternoon.  

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Service spokeswoman today said a Rural Brigade patrolled the site at 7.15pm yesterday and again this morning.  

The spokeswoman reported the site is still smoldering as of midday, in the middle where the area is burnt out, but is all safe around the edges.  

In the thick of the action, the Lost Pet Coordinator Rockhampton Region asked that if anyone finds injured wildlife to please contact the Facebook page, and they can put you in contact with a local wildlife carer.  

If in need, Wild Life Rockhampton can be contacted on 0429 469 453.  

INITIAL REPORT, SATURDAY: SMOKE has shrouded the Old Capricorn Highway in Gracemere after a rubbish fire flared to a bushfire this afternoon.

Currently seven fire crews are on scene near Reservoir Rd and the Queensland Police Service have been called in as visibility is severely reduced in the area.

Police are reportedly shutting down parts of the road off the Capricorn Highway.

The Queensland Ambulance Service were also called in earlier to treat firefighters for exhaustion, and a crew remains on standby.

The initial call came through at 1.35pm, and currently seven Queensland Fire and Emergency Service crews are on scene battling the blaze.

 

A firefighter working to contain a blaze which broke out near the water reservoir in Gracemere.
A firefighter working to contain a blaze which broke out near the water reservoir in Gracemere.

The fire is reportedly in the vicinity of Reservoir St, which links the Old Capricorn Highway to McLaughlin St which runs adjacent to the Capricorn Highway.

As of 5.20pm two rural units from Gracemere and Alton Downs were backburning, and a Queensland Fire and Emergency Service truck was at the scene.

The QFES warn smoke may affect residents and motorists in the area, and urge locals close their doors and windows.

Keep medication close by if suffering from a respiratory condition.

Motorists should use caution and drive to conditions.

If you believe your property is under threat, you should call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

The Lost Pet Coordinator Rockhampton Region has issued a warning that the water tower hill is alight and firefighers are trying to contain the blaze.

They ask if anyone finds injured wildlife to please contact the Facebook page and they can put you in contact with a local wildlife carer.

If in need, Wild Life Rockhampton can be contacted on 0429 469 453.