Firefighters work to contain a fire off Lochlees Rd, east of Emerald, on Monday afternoon.
Firefighters work to contain a fire off Lochlees Rd, east of Emerald, on Monday afternoon. Sam Woods Emefire

Storms set the region alight

THE heavens poured more than a little cold water on a heated situation near Springsure on Saturday night.

"We have a storm front moving through at the moment which may well suppress this fire," Rockhampton's QFRS communication centre was told as a fierce electrical storm began to batter the town, dumping up to 38mm of rain.

QFRS Rural Operations Emerald Barcaldine Acting Inspector Alan Johnson maintained no homes or structures were under immediate threat as the fire, started by a lightning strike on Thursday, advanced on Bill Lane Dr.

"The Zamia rural brigade worked diligently with the support of local ranger Paul Harris through Friday to contain the grassfire burning in the hills," Act Insp Johnson said.

"It was contained but went into Mt Hope on Saturday... there was the potential to impact on the structures but then the storm came."

Act Insp Johnson said the fire would continue to be monitored for flare-ups, and he urged landowners to clean up around homes and sheds to remove any flammable materials.

"Do this at your earliest convenience and contact your local fire warden if you need a permit," he said.

"We have a plan in place to send the fire back up the hill to join with the burnt area at the top but that will not be done unless it is necessary to put fire through the landscape."

The Moodewarra and Comet rural fire brigades were sent to Lochees Rd on Monday for a fire which is believed to have started from a fallen high voltage power line.

Last Thursday night, the Iona rural brigade, primary producers and landholders fought blazes on the southern side of Fairbairn Dam sparked by lightning strikes.


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