EERIE GLOW: A lightning strike caused this fire outbreak in the Fairbairn State Forest near the dam.
EERIE GLOW: A lightning strike caused this fire outbreak in the Fairbairn State Forest near the dam.

Fire crews kept busy overnight as Fairbairn blaze flares up

SURROUNDING rural fire brigades were mobilised on Thursday afternoon as a fire in the Fairbairn State Forest, between Emerald and Lake Maraboon, threatened to get out of control.

Three crews from Iona were assisted by Anakie, Comet and National Parks staff in an effort to contain the western flank of the fire which was started by a lightning strike on Monday night.

"Those crews worked to contain the fire in the forest until the early hours of this morning," QFRS rural fire acting inspector for Emerald and Barcaldine Alan Johnson said on Friday.

"Crews will continue to patrol the area for many days to come.

"There will still be smoke in the air for days."

Fire conditions on the weekend are expected to be in the high to very high range, with no rain relief in sight.


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