Bushfires still burning
No rain relief in sight to help battle blaze
A BUSHFIRE that has wiped out about 41,000ha of land across the Tablelands could keep burning for at least another week with no wet weather relief in sight.
Firefighters from all over the state have been deployed to the Far North over the past three weeks.
Incident controller David Sealy said a new crew from Rockhampton had been de- ployed to the area on Thursday to assist in monitoring bushfires in inaccessible areas.
“We’re hopeful that this is the last deployment,” he said.
“By Sunday night/Monday morning we’re hoping to hand this back to the locals to manage and we’ll start wrapping up this operation.
“But the fire could burn for another week or more. It’s hard to say with the condi- tions. We don’t know because it’s changing all the time.
“We can’t get into them so we’ve got to wait for them to come down into areas we can access them.”
Fires are still burning southwest of Herberton Petford Rd at Irvinebank, near Lappa, Mount Garnet Rd in the Mareeba Shire, and in the vicinity of Wyndham Creek Rd, Mount Garnet. Police are investigating as it’s believed several of the fires in recent weeks had been deliberately lit.
Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Chris Joseph said while there was a slight chance for a shower today, there was no significant rain forecast for the Far North in the near future.
“We still haven’t seen any storm kick off yet they’re further south at the moment,” he said.
“There’s a chance of a shower today and maybe a storm developing in the afternoon, but after that there’s a very slight chance through the district.
“Until you see a good burst of south-easterly winds push up into the tropics, I don’t think we’re going to see any kind of showers through there.
“But that’s going to be a little while away.”
SCORCHED: The fire trail near Irvinebank.