Smoke covers region
road taking photos of the spectacular sight.
Community educator for the Tirroan Rural Fire Service and volunteer Mike Turnball said the smoke in the Doughboy area is of no threat and is under control.
“We have been monitoring the fire and we are confident there is no threat to people or homes,” Mr Turnball said.
The wetter-than-normal winter has seen a spurt in the undergrowth and the dense rural areas make it impossible for fire fighters to get through.
“We have had six units and up to 20 volunteers, best guess would be around 4000 ha has burnt in four weeks.”
Mr Turnball said if it wasn’t for the land owners maintaining their properties things could have been a lot worse.
“Coming into fire season we want to remind land owners to to have a look at their land and give it a quick tidy up.
“Leaving it to the last minute is never a good idea.
“I want to continue to encourage residents to call triple zero (000) if they believe they smell smoke or PHOTO: JODIE DIXONBUN161016FIRE see fire.
“The community can be confident with the new technology the rural fire service has to assist in battling fires,” Mr Turnball said.
The mobile command unit has the latest technology in maps and the internet to assist and can be easily moved when required.
The size of a maxi cab, the spacious interior is airconditioned, has room to work and write reports with printers, copiers and internet available including old school CB radios to help keep the communication lines open and up to date.
“Every minute counts when tackling a fire and knowing if and when the wind will change will make all the difference,”
“We can inform our unit or call in back-up and response time is faster,” he said
The rural fire service is in need of more volunteers.
Mr Turnball said there is a place for everyone in the Rural Fire Service and you don't have to fight fires.
Visit ruralfire.qld.gov.au for more information.
RURAL FIRE: Mike Turnball says there’s no need to worry, the four-week-old fire is under control.