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Two fires 'under control' in South Burnett

FRIDAY, 3.30PM: TWO fires burning in the South Burnett are well-within containment, a spokeswoman from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has said. 

There are currently no crews at the site of the two fires at Mt McEwen Rd, Mt McEwen, and  The Heights Rd at Barker Creek Flat, just outside of Nanango. 

Both fires have been contained, although crews are currently on the route to check the fire at Mt McEwen Rd. 

The spokeswoman said the total fire ban in the South Burnett would end at midnight, as a result of forecast weekend rain. 

 

THURSDAY, 4.20PM: A NUMBER of crews are on the scene of a heavy grass fire near Proston.

It is the second fire to flare up in the region today, after the rural fire service instigated a total fire ban yesterday. 

Twelve rural and urban fire crews are at the scene at Mt McEwen Rd, Mt McEwen, battling on foot and from the sky to subdue the flames, which were moving in a south-easterly direction. 

A spokeswoman from QFES said crews were called to the scene at about 2.30pm and that there was currently a large smoke haze in the area. 

"We haven't issued a community warning, although we did have aircraft doing water bombing at about 3.30pm," the spokeswoman said. 

"They've stopped doing that and are working on the ground, but it looks as though the bombers might come through later."

THURSDAY, 12. 48PM: A vegetation fire has broken out near Nanango, despite a total fire ban warning announced yesterday.

One Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crew is currently on the scene at the fire burning near The Heights Rd at Barker Creek Flat, just outside of Nanango.

The fire has caused significant smoke and firefighters are strengthening containment lines, with no threat to property at this time.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

EARLIER: Dangerous fire conditions were predicted for parts on southern Queensland only yesterday, with very high and severe fire dangerous forecast for the Central Highlands, Capricornia, Wide Bay Burnett, Darling Downs and the Granite Belt.

The Rural Fire Service has warned that fires which break out will be fast-moving and unpredictable due to strong winds.

RFS Assistant Commissioner Tom Dawson said those in the North and South Burnett had to be particularly careful.

"Residents, particularly those in the North and South Burnett, Kilcoy and areas west of Ipswich and the Lockyer Valley should take extra care and be alert in the coming days as warm temperatures combined with low humidity, minimal soil moisture and increased winds create dangerous fire conditions," Mr Dawson said.

"Under these conditions, unattended or mismanaged fires could spread rapidly and become difficult to contain."

Mr Dawson said although storms had been forecast for the area, residents should still be vigilant, as storms could bring gusty winds and dry lightning.

A lightning strike was said to be the cause of a grassfire in Booie on Tuesday afternoon.

Visit www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au for more information on bushfire warnings, Fire Danger Rating and bushfire preparation.

Phone Triple Zero immediately if you come across any fire.

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