Water bombers called in again

MOUNT Morgan was yesterday blanketed by thick smoke causing residents to fear a number of out-of-control fires had erupted.

The smoke was billowing from a large grass fire off Archer Road at Struck Oil.

Most of Central Queensland's firefighting resources were sent to battle the blaze that flared up again yesterday.

At 8.30am, 11 fire crews responded and an aircraft was needed to conduct water bombing activities.

The fire had been burning in the area all last week.

Late yesterday crews were conducting back burning and fire breaks were established by using a bulldozer.

No homes were threatened.

Meanwhile, the fire ban which was meant to conclude last night has been extended for at least another five days.

The ban restricts the lighting of all fires, including permit fires as a precaution with very high and at times extreme conditions expected to continue.

Temperatures this week are predicted to remain above the 30 degree mark.

The average temperature for October is 29.6deg.

The hottest October day on record was October 31, 1958 at 41.1deg.

A possible thunderstorm is predicted for Wednesday, with it clearing by Thursday.

So far this year we have had 355.8mm of rain.

Regular updated information will be provided on the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service rural operations website at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au or at www.fire.qld.gov.au.



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