In the line of fire
Weather conditions flame fires that have flared up in region
SMOULDERING fires, high temperatures and changing winds are a recipe for disaster. And this week things have been cooking.
Fire has ripped through properties in the Biggenden area.
Since Friday, landowners in the Boompa area have been working late into the night to control a fire that has already destroyed 1000 acres on Malcolm Beresford’s property.
Mr Beresford said the fire started from someone burning off after the recent hailstorm.
“We tried to get help, but it wasn’t forthcoming, so the landowners and neighbours fought the fire ourselves,” he said.
“We would have lost everything if we hadn’t stopped it with firebreaks.
“It’s been frightening, especially Saturday.
“I now know what the people of Victoria went through when flames start jumping 400m in one fell swoop and tops of trees explode.”
Mr Beresford said on Tuesday night the fire had already destroyed 4000–5000 acres.
He said a large portion of the burnt land was Forestry and National Park land which hadn’t burned since 1991.
Biggenden’s Queensland Fire and Rescue also answered a 000 call last Friday to a grassfire on the Isis Hwy between Biggenden and Coalstoun Lakes where a landowner had been burning weeds.
Queensland Fire and Rescue acting area director Inspector Craig Magick said crews responded twice to the permitted burn.
He said with the high to severe fire danger at present the community needed to be vigilant.
And after mopping up this fire the Coalstoun Lakes Rural Fire Brigade answered a call.
First officer Mark Rackemann said it was an old fire that flared up.
“It came from the Plum Creek direction into the back of Coalstoun Lakes, threatening the Sandy Creek and Doves Rd area,” he said.
“There was a fair bit of activity over the three days, but Geoff Corfield did a marvellous job with his dozer putting in a 7.4km fire break.
“Everyone worked well together to contain the fire that is still burning in the hills.”
While others have lost a lot, Darren Geissler is bring- ing in a dozer to push a 21km fire break from Lords Rd to Utopia to protect his family property.
Mr Geissler said he expected to lose at least 2000 acres from a fire heading his way from the Coongarra Rock area.
“We can’t put the break around our boundary due to the roughness of the Mt Walsh terrain, but at least we can be prepared.
“It’s 12 years since a big fire came through so there is plenty of fuel on the ground.
“Rain is the only thing that will save us and the way the weather is that doesn’t look like happening.
“All I can say is that it is inevitable.”
Biggenden’s Queensland Fire and Rescue also answered a call at 1pm Tuesday to a bushfire which started at the rubbish dump between Aramara and Brooweena on the Biggenden-Maryborough Rd.
The fire is thought to be have been deliberately lit and was threatening homes in the area.
The highway was closed and the Biggenden crew were part of seven rural fire crews and two helicopters needed to fight the blaze.
BUSHFIRE: Firefighters and landholders have been working hard.