Fire­fight­ers bat­tle first ma­jor blaze of the sea­son.

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WITH Dalby in the midst of a heat­wave, our tem­per­a­tures aren’t the only thing burn­ing up.

On Tues­day afternoon, Dalby fire­fight­ers bat­tled the first ma­jor grass fire of the sea­son af­ter re­ceiv­ing a call out to the Bunya Hwy shortly af­ter 1.30pm.

Be­gin­ning around 10km from Dalby, crews ar­rived to find 10–12 spots of fire be­side the road spread over a dis­tance of about 2km.

Dalby cap­tain Peter Mauch said the blaze was at­tended by 11 fire­fight­ers on three trucks, in ad­di­tion to two bush fire brigade trucks and lo­cals as­sist­ing with a wa­ter tank.

“We’re still not cer­tain of the cause but it was not sus­pi­cious and it is be­lieved to pos­si­bly be due to wheel bear­ing over­heat­ing,” Capt Mauch said.

“That’s what usu­ally causes this sort of thing in mul­ti­ple spots and that’s what we be­lieve hap­pened.

“Be­ing spread out like that is a bit un­usual ...we do get big­ger ones but usu­ally just in the one spot rather than be­ing spread out.

“We were there for around two and a half hours; the ru­ral fire brigade were there too and they did a great job.

“The lo­cal land­hold­ers came out with wa­ter sup­ply too and did a great job help­ing us out.”

The fire threat­ened a shed on a prop­erty be­fore be­ing brought un­der con­trol.

With sum­mer months gen­er­ally peak pe­riod for fires around the re­gion, Capt Mauch said res­i­dents could re­duce risks by keep­ing ar­eas around their houses clean and mowed.

“Ob­vi­ously keep­ing ar­eas near houses tidy and so forth so struc­tures won’t be threat­ened and clean­ing out dry leaves from gut­ters, is al­ways good,” he said.

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The lo­cal land- hold­ers came out with wa­ter sup­ply too and did a great job help­ing us out. — Cap­tain Peter Mauch.


GRASS FIRE: Lo­cal crews bat­tled their first ma­jor grass fire of the sea­son this week.

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