Firies toil­ing to keep bush­fires un­der con­trol

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - ALI­CIA NALLY ali­cia.nally@news.com.au

BACKBURNING will con­tinue to­day to help con­tain bush­fires at East Trin­ity, Gor­don­vale and at Eller­beck near Card­well.

Fire crews were on scene at a blaze in dif­fi­cult-to-ac­cess bush­land at Pine Creek-Yarrabah Rd near Sec­ond Beach un­til 6pm last night.

Smoke from the fire has been vis­i­ble since Satur­day and yes­ter­day was blown to­wards the Cairns CBD, cov­er­ing the city in thick smoke.

A Queens­land Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices spokes­woman said none of the fires were a threat to Far North prop­er­ties but ad­vice is­sued yes­ter­day told res­i­dents to keep up to date with changes and to pre­pare their bush­fire ac­tion plans.

She said peo­ple near East Trin­ity, Yarrabah and Cairns could be af­fected by smoke which re­duced vis­i­bil­ity and air qual­ity.

Res­i­dents were re­minded to close win­dows and doors to min­imise smoke ex­po­sure, drive with cau­tion in low vis­i­bil­ity and keep med­i­ca­tion close by if suf­fer­ing from a res­pi­ra­tory con­di­tion.

Veg­e­ta­tion fires were also burn­ing yes­ter­day near Ti­na­roo Falls Rd, Ti­na­roo, Co­quette Point Rd, Co­quette Point and 596 Mena Creek Rd, Mena Creek.

Pic­ture: BREN­DAN RADKE

CHAL­LENG­ING OP­ER­A­TION: A fire­fighter helps mon­i­tor a blaze burn­ing close to prop­er­ties at Gian­gurra, East Trin­ity.

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