FIRE fighters are battling a massive blaze tonight. (File pic).
FIRE fighters are battling a massive blaze tonight. (File pic). Warren Lynam

Rangers to return to Peregian Springs bush land fire

LATEST: QUEENSLAND Parks and Wildlife rangers will this morning continue to manage a fire in bush land at Peregian Springs.

The 20-acre fire raged through 20-acres of bush land across the weekend, as 44 people battled the blaze. 

Police closed Emu Mountain Road for nearly three hours late on Saturday night. 

At the fire's most intense stage, flames reached 20m high. 

Firefighters brought the blaze under control in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services personnel were with rangers at the site about 6pm on Sunday, before leaving the site for the night. 

It's understood rangers will return this morning to manage the fire. 

While the blaze at Peregian has been downgraded, firefighters were battling another vegetation fire at Towen Mountain, about 5km west of Nambour.

A spokeswoman for QFES Media said a number of rural crews were called to a private property on Towen Mountain Rd about 3.45pm, where a fire was burning in across a "large area".

Firefighters worked for hours to contain the blaze before leaving about 7.30pm. 

EARLIER: A HUGE 20-acre fire in bushland at Peregian Springs raged from Saturday afternoon until after 2am Sunday. 

Fourteen fire fighting vehicles and 44 people battled the blaze, with police closing Emu Mountain Rd for nearly three hours from about 10pm Saturday.   

Fire fighters were at the scene in large numbers until about 4am, when the fire was downgraded, crews sent home and national parks managers took over. 

Many of the less experienced fire fighters had been "quite scared" battling the huge blaze, Coolum Fire Station captain Jason Spink said.  

At the fire's most intense stage, flames reached 20m in the air.   

The Melaleuca trees on fire - also known as paperbarks - burned rapidly and sent incendiaries that created spot fires which were quickly found and doused, he said. 

Nonetheless, it was high-pressure work, and required effective, fast-paced coordination between several agencies.  

"They worked incredibly hard all night, right through until about 4 o'clock when the majority of them were released," he said. 

"Most of the crews didn't leave till about 4am this morning as we conducted backburning operations to contain the fire and ensure there's no further flare ups."  

Local residents' worries flared up again yesterday, with Emergency 000 receiving a number of calls, a fire and emergency service spokeswoman for the north coast region said. 

"We've had several calls for it," she said.    "A lot of the 000 calls are people being scared of it being close to display homes, but they weren't under threat at all."   

The fire, which was yesterday afternoon smouldering and being monitored by Queensland Parks and Wildlife, was located in swamp and woodland at Emu Mountain Reserve.   

Find up-to-date information about the status of fires by searching 'Queensland Fire and Emergency Services' at www.facebook.com   

UPDATE SATURDAY 7PM: ELEVEN fire fighting vehicles including a Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service vehicle, and 33 fire fighters, are battling a blaze at Peregian Springs tonight.

Threat to residential housing has been ruled out, after fire fighters on the scene assessed the area in closer detail, a Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said.  

EARLIER: FIRE fighters are battling a large bushfire at Peregian Springs.

Five fire fighting vehicles are at the scene and another four are on their way, a Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said.

Fire fighters were alerted to the fire at about 3.30pm when they received calls that smoke was seen at the Emu Mountain Reserve.

More than 20 acres have been burned so far, and fire fighters are expected to stay at the blaze "well into the night", the spokeswoman said.

A total of nine fire fighting vehicles will soon be fighting the blaze.

The spokeswoman did not rule out a threat to housing.



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