Firefighters battle first major blaze of the season.
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.