HEAVY RESPONSE: One of the three helicopters used by fire teams at Carters Ridge near Kilkivan on Sunday.
HEAVY RESPONSE: One of the three helicopters used by fire teams at Carters Ridge near Kilkivan on Sunday. Contributed

18 fire crews and three choppers battle to save Carters Ridge

FIREFIGHTERS from across the region were still monitoring a massive bushfire at Carters Ridge near Kenilworth today after it burned out of control on Sunday afternoon.

High winds near Lawrence Rd are believed to have been the cause for the fire's unprecedented spread, which required up to 18 fire crews and three helicopters to eventually contain.

"It would have been very concerning for a lot of properties closer to the fire itself," says Lyn Adams, who watched fire crews for hours at her own home.

"I think everybody's relieved nobody was injured and there was no significant damage to homes or land."

With an initial size off 100 acres, Mrs Adams adds, the flames engulfed an area twice that size in no time at all.

The initial response crew were quickly overwhelmed, leading to crews from around the region rushing to assist.

"The choppers were constantly having to double back to collect water from local sources," Mrs Adams says.

"I managed to have a chat to some of the officers in the morning and they were absolutely buggered."

Efforts to contain the blaze lasted until around 10 on Sunday night, where only a few spotfires remained.

Firefighters continued to monitor the situation through the night before leaving late this morning, citing a low chance of any further flare-ups.

Gympie Times


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