Veg­e­ta­tion con­tin­ues to burn at Glen­leigh

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

MUL­TI­PLE Queens­land Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices (QFES) and Parks and Wildlife crews are on scene at a veg­e­ta­tion fire burn­ing within Coominglah State For­est north west of Glen­leigh Road.

The blaze, which broke out about 10pm on Fe­bru­ary 4, is burn­ing within con­tain­ment lines.

Fire­fight­ers are main­tain­ing fire breaks and will be con­duct­ing back­burn­ing op­er­a­tions through­out the area.

In­ci­dent Con­troller Steve Roberts, in­ci­dent con­troller for the fire said it should soon be fully con­tained.

“We’ve got crews on the eastern sec­tor con­duct­ing a back­burn ap­prox­i­mately seven kilo­me­tres long to se­cure the fire edge,” Mr Roberts said.

“Res­i­dents will see smoke in the area for the next three to four days, pos­si­bly longer.”

“We’re us­ing air­craft to help sup­press the fire ac­tiv­ity near the con­tain­ment line so we don’t have any breaches.”

Favourable winds have helped speed up the process by al­low­ing crews to keep ahead of the fire.

Early spec­u­la­tion points to a light­ning strike as the cause.

There is no threat to prop­erty at this time, but smoke may af­fect the area through­out to­day.

Fire ser­vices are us­ing roads in the area as con­tain­ment lines, to con­struct con­tain­ment lines for the crews.

Res­i­dents should close win­dows and doors and if suf­fer­ing from a res­pi­ra­tory con­di­tion, keep med­i­ca­tions close by.

Smoke can de­crease vis­i­bil­ity, so mo­torists should drive with cau­tion and to con­di­tions, and be wary of any crew within the area.

If res­i­dents are con­cerned their prop­erty is un­der threat from the fire, they are ad­vised to call Triple Zero (000).

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