Smoke haze blan­kets north

The Chronicle - - NEWS - Me­gan Mas­ters me­gan.mas­ters@thechron­i­cle.com.au

RES­I­DENTS to the north of Toowoomba can ex­pect a sec­ond morn­ing of smoke blan­ket­ing the area.

Fire broke out on Fri­day near O’Don­nell Rd and Mur­phys Creek Rd, soon spread­ing to­wards Watts Rd.

By the time res­i­dents in Mur­phys Creek, Cabar­lah and High­fields woke up yes­ter­day, thick smoke blan­keted the re­gion and be­tween six and nine hectares of bush­land was burned.

A Queens­land Fire and Emer­gency spokes­woman said there were 10 Ru­ral Fire Bri­gade crews on scene to fight the blaze.

“At the mo­ment we have 10 crews on scene and they’re ba­si­cally all four-wheel drive ru­ral units” she said.

“That’s just be­cause of the ter­rain; parts of it are re­ally rough and they’ve ac­tu­ally got the water bomb­ing he­li­copter that has just started.

“With the wind, there is def­i­nitely in that whole re­gion there is go­ing to be a whole lot of smoke to­mor­row morn­ing, even if it is mainly burned out.”

She said the main task for fire crews mov­ing for­ward was keep­ing an eye on con­tain­ment lines and en­sur­ing the blaze didn’t es­cape the perime­ter.

While the fire had moved onto sev­eral prop­er­ties in the area, no build­ings were un­der threat.

To­day’s weather re­port shows no sign of help­ing to ease con­di­tions, with an­other warm, sunny day pre­dicted.

Tem­per­a­tures are set to range from 10°c up to a top of 24°c.

The winds are pre­dicted to blow from the east in the morn­ing at about 20kmh.

PHOTO: ADAM BEARE

SMOKE HAZE: Fire­fight­ers mon­i­tor a large bush­fire near Mur­phys Creek overnight on Satur­day into Sun­day morn­ing.

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