Firies toiling to keep bushfires under control
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.
CHALLENGING OPERATION: A firefighter helps monitor a blaze burning close to properties at Giangurra, East Trinity.