Bush­fires still burn­ing

No rain re­lief in sight to help bat­tle blaze

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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.”

Pic­ture: BREN­DAN RADKE

SCORCHED: The fire trail near Irvinebank.

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