Choppers douse fires
WATER bombing aircraft were used aroundWest Haldon and Hirstglen to help firefighters combat a large bushfire.
Fire crews monitored the blaze before moving in to fight the fire.
A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said crews were conducting property protection operations in the area.
She said water-bombing operations and air surveillance continued throughoutWednesday.
Residents in the area were urged to remain vigilant and mindful of emergency services crews.
The spokeswoman said heavy smoke continued to linger in the area and urged motorists to avoid the area if possible. Fire crews were also working to contain two large bushfires burning to Toowoomba’s north although they were not posing a threat to properties. The spokeswoman said the fires near Crows Nest and Ravensbourne continued to burn but water-bombing operations had been cancelled for that area.
“Crews returned to the scene and were working to contain those fires as well,” she said.
QFES volunteer community educators visitied the upper Range area, to give information to residents about how they can be prepared for bushfire season.
On Sunday afternoon the Hirstglen fire was burning within containment lines and was mostly under control after 5000ha burned despite two weeks of being fought by local fire crews.
Fire authorities are still investigating what sparked bushfires in the region.
AIR ATTACK: Multiple water bombing helicopters help to control a blaze threatening houses on the Clifton-Gatton Rd, Hirstglen.