Fire drama at Mooloo
AS LIGHTNING crackled across the Gympie region sky last night, drama was unfolding on the ground.
It was a night of fires in the Gympie region, with this photo taken of a paddock on fire at Mooloo, about 20 minutes south-east of Gympie, after power lines fell and set the grass on fire.
It is believed the lines had perished and that is what caused them to fall, but property owners said on Facebook this morning the were "very grateful to everyone who came and helped our family tonight".
"Fallen power lines and an electric storm on the way was not at all comforting as we wandered around putting out a fire!" one eye witness said.
"We had it contained within half hour but were unable to put it completely out due to live aerial lying in amongst it," Mooloo property owner and photographer Cherie Carlson said.
"No structural damage. Area burnt would only be acre not major thanks to our quick response. The aerial came off the cross arm that caused sparks which ignited grass at base of pole and then aerial flung back about 50m to land in thick dry guinea grass which ignited quickly.
"Guinea grass and fire is a dangerous mix giving off gases to keep fire burning.
"We used wet hessian bags, tractor with blade and quad bikes with spray tanks to put it out.
"Southside rural fire brigade sent out a truck and so did Gympie fire brigade.
"The span of aerial went from the pole at Nanna's house to the top of the mountain about 1km span. (My brother) Mark is very lucky he was driving over live aerial on tractor and quad as it was dark by this time and very smokey. The aerial had perished and finally just let go of cross arm."
The incident happened before the fierce electrical storm which brought destructive winds and strong rain to parts of the region, including Imbil, right in the middle of its annual Street Party.