Rain brings some relief to fire
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.
IMPROVING FORTUNES: The Rural Fire Brigade at the Conway fire in October.