News

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.


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

School holiday tragedy

LOOKING FOR SAFETY: Emerald police officers Matt Baker and Britainie Price.

Police stress road safety after two were killed in road a accident.

Get aboard grain train

GrainCorp CEO, Mark Palmquist, CQ Inland Port Development manager, Alan Stent-smith, Warrick Stent-smith and transaction agent, Rawdon Briggs at the Central Queensland Inland port development site.

New grain processing facility could hugely benefit the region.

State is set to sizzle

EXTREME HEAT: Temperatures in Emerald will soar this weekend.

Queensland is set to head into a heatwave, with no end in sight.

Local Partners