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Fires burn in many parts of the Central Highlands

CONTAINED: Fire rages near the Capricorn Hwy in Emerald as a resident co-ordinates a plan of attack with the rural fire service.
CONTAINED: Fire rages near the Capricorn Hwy in Emerald as a resident co-ordinates a plan of attack with the rural fire service. Sam Woods Emefire

A THICK cloud of smoke choked the Capricorn Hwy east of Emerald yesterday.

QFRS rural fire acting Inspector Emerald and Barcaldine Alan Johnson said a lightning strike on Monday night ignited a fire on a State Government environmental reserve near the Foleys Rd intersection.

Rural fire brigades from Moodewarra, Glengallen and the ag college worked with council and SunWater staff to backburn and control the fire late yesterday.

To the west of Emerald, the Iona, Ankie and Gemfields rural brigades successfully fought to save a structure, believed to be a house.

Lightning strikes at Tambo set off more fires as a line of storms blew through.

"The Foleys Rd fire became visible in the daylight when it started warming up," Act Insp Johnson said. "It was around high voltage powerlines off Foleys Rd and the crews have worked to contain it although it has burnt through to the Lochlee Rd landfill."

National Parks staff based at Clermont were sent to help with the Foleys Rd fire, as well as two fires raging on the west and east flanks of the Blackdown Tableland.

A blaze near Bauhinia was expected to be contained.


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