Fire threatens homes

Firefighters battled the Sharon fires well into the night as they continued to erupt over the weekend.
Firefighters battled the Sharon fires well into the night as they continued to erupt over the weekend. Paul Donaldson

FIREFIGHTERS had a busy weekend battling blazes across the region in strong winds, including one that threatened rural homes and another that forced the closure of the Bruce Hwy.

Of most concern were two fires that began at Sharon on Saturday morning, which endangered about 10 homes and several crops.

Both rural and urban firefighters attended the blazes, which were still being fought yesterday afternoon.

Rural Fire Service acting area director of rural operations Phil Williams said despite their efforts, one sugar cane crop received some fire damage.

"Volunteer crews have been working hard and long hours," Mr Williams said.

"The wind certainly hasn't helped."

Mr Williams said there were 26 fires burning in his region, which stretched to the Sunshine Coast, with about six of those around Bundaberg.

"We've got fires at Rainbow Creek near Gin Gin, Buxton, Biggenden, Gayndah, Monto and Sharon," he said.

One blaze at Apple Tree Creek yesterday saw the Bruce Hwy blocked off for three hours while about 40 firefighters battled to contain the fire after it hopped the highway.

Traffic was forced to either wait or divert through Bundaberg.

The problems continued at Buxton, where 20 firefighters constructed fire breaks and back-burned to avoid the spread of a fire that consumed about 100 hectares of land.

Residents in the area who suffer from or are susceptible to respiratory illness were advised by emergency services to remain indoors and keep their doors and windows shut.

Topics:  bruce highway bundaberg bushfire rural fire service

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