Coast on red alert

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - TALISA ELEY [email protected]

THE Gold Coast is be­ing told to brace for a sec­ond bush­fire sea­son with fire­fight­ers warn­ing res­i­dents not to be­come com­pla­cent.

Alarm­ingly it is the sec­ond year in a row the fires have sparked up so late in the sea­son, lead­ing to con­cerns the city could be un­der siege from more bush­fires be­fore the end of sum­mer.

Queens­land Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices south­east­ern man­ager Alan Gille­spie said dry con­di­tions were likely to spell trou­ble on the Gold Coast in the next cou­ple of months.

“The bush is dry­ing out, we’re now at the be­gin­ning of a sec­ond part of the fire sea­son and it will go un­til we get some de­cent rain,” he said.

“Last year we had a sec­ond fire sea­son in Fe­bru­ary and March and that’s what is go­ing to hap­pen this year too – two years in a row is very un­usual.”

With Aus­tralia Day cel­e­bra­tions just around the cor­ner and plenty of out­door bar­be­cues on the cards, fire­fight­ers are warn­ing peo­ple to take ex­tra care and obey fire bans.

It comes as more than 100 fire­fight­ers and 23 units bat­tled a bush­fire near Maud- sland yes­ter­day

Hot, gusty winds fanned the fire, which chewed through a pine tree for­est and thick grass from Felling Dr to Maud­s­land Rd.

Fire­fight­ers man­aged to pro­tect about a dozen homes that were close to dan­ger through­out the day.

The crews re­mained at the scene overnight.

Ma­jor back­burn­ing work also be­gan last night to con­tain the fire after the winds fi­nally died down and tem­per­a­tures cooled.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Gille­spie said the blaze could burn all week but crews were aim­ing to fully con­tain it by this af­ter­noon.

Weather ex­perts said lo­cal con­di­tions will help fire­fight­ers get on top of the fire to­day.

Weather­zone’s Graeme Brit­tain said that while tem­per­a­tures will stay around 30C across the Coast, dan­ger­ous winds were not ex­pected.

“Over the com­ing days it looks like the winds are go­ing to sub­side, they’ll be much lighter so we should see the fire dan­ger re­duce es­pe­cially to­day,” he said.

“On Mon­day (yes­ter­day) there were some quite gusty south-east­erly winds across the re­gion get­ting up to 30 to 40km/h which would have caused an el­e­vated fire dan­ger.”

A bush­fire tears through Maud­s­land yes­ter­day, forc­ing fire­fight­ers to pro­tect about a dozen homes that were close to dan­ger. Pic­tures: GLENN HAMP­SON

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