Rain brings some re­lief to fire

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

ABOUT 25mm of rain at Con­way on Tues­day night helped fire­fight­ing ef­forts in the area, how­ever a wa­ter bomb­ing he­li­copter was still sent to the fire yes­ter­day.

Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice Mackay area di­rec­tor Andy Houley said fire­fight­ers from Con­way Ru­ral Fire Brigade and Queens­land Parks and Wildlife were still mon­i­tor­ing the fire in the Con­way Range, which as of yes­ter­day morn­ing had burnt through 1160 hectares.

The fire started just over seven weeks ago from a light­ning strike.

Mr Houley said yes­ter­day’s wa­ter bomb­ing he­li­copter was used on any out­ly­ing hotspots that were still putting up smoke.

“That should slow it up a lot,” he said.

On Tues­day, Mr Houley said there were four hotspots in the fire which were each “twice the size of cars”.

He said the fire in the mainly rain­for­est area had burned for so long be­cause there was a lot of wood on the ground and lit­tle rain­for­est canopy which would nor­mally help wood rot faster – a re­sult of de­struc­tion by Cy­clone Deb­bie.

The Cathu State For­est fire, which in­cludes Blooms­bury and An­dro­mache, how­ever, has not been so lucky with rain, with only about 2mm falling overnight Tues­day.

Mr Houley said 80km of fire­breaks had been put around the fire and were hold­ing yes­ter­day.

PHOTO: CLAU­DIA ALP

IM­PROV­ING FOR­TUNES: The Ru­ral Fire Brigade at the Con­way fire in Oc­to­ber.

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