Bush­fire burns land north of Proser­pine

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

FIRE ser­vices have been on high alert af­ter a fire burned ar­eas north of Proser­pine ear­lier this week.

Mul­ti­ple ru­ral and ur­ban fire brigades were called to the Gre­gory River and Mango Tree Es­tate ar­eas af­ter re­ports a fire was threat­en­ing homes on Mon­day af­ter­noon.

A Queens­land Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices spokesper­son said the fire was be­lieved to have started on a mango farm.

Proser­pine Ru­ral Fire Brigade vol­un­teer fire fighter Brian Lit­tle said the homes were in­deed threat­ened by the flames, but fire­fight­ers man­aged to pre­vent any dam­age.

“It threat­ened four houses and the ru­rals did a won­der­ful job of sav­ing them af­ter the ini­tial fire started,” Mr Lit­tle said.

Fire­fight­ers back-burned around the houses, re­mov­ing the fuel for the ad­vanc­ing fires.

“We back-burned around sev­eral prop­er­ties and got the fire un­der con­trol on Mon­day night,” Mr Lit­tle said.

Although all emerged un­scathed, Mr Lit­tle said the event had been a se­ri­ous in­ci­dent.

“The ru­ral brigades were there from about 1pm to 9pm that night, so it was quite drawn out,” he said.

Mr Lit­tle said the fire burned large swathes of land be­fore it was sub­dued.

“A cou­ple of hun­dred hectares of area were burned out, I be­lieve,” he said.

Po­lice con­ducted traf­fic con­trol mea­sures on the ad­ja­cent stretch of the Bruce Hwy as smoke re­duced visibility.

“The smoke across the high­way was quite ex­ten­sive,” Mr Lit­tle said.

No in­juries were re­ported or prop­erty dam­aged as a re­sult of the blaze.

It is not yet known what started the fire.

Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion should con­tact the QFES on 13 74 68.

ABLAZE: Jar­rod Guthrie fights the back-burn to try and stop the bush­fire reach­ing homes.

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