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Fires burn, no fatal danger

Craig Warhurst

AS fire-fighting crews contained the blazes at Cedar Pocket and Imbil Wednesday, smoke was spotted over Fraser Island and coming from north of Tin Can Bay.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) advised that smoke seen in the vicinity of Fraser Island and Cooloola was due to a wildfire on the southern end of Fraser Island.

Defence Public Affairs were unavailable to comment Wednesday. However, it was believed a fire that burnt out more than 500ha of the army's Camp Kerr training area on Friday reignited Wednesday afternoon.

Wide Bay Area Director for rural operations inspector Warren Edwards said crews that had been fighting fires at Imbil and Cedar Pocket over the past couple of days were being stood down as these fires were contained.

Rural Auxiliary fire fighters spent Wednesday mopping up embers on both sides of Mary Valley Road at Imbil to prevent sparks from starting another fire after burning out about 300ha.

“Back burning at Cedar Pocket was carried out up in the hills (and even though the winds were strong yesterday) the perimeter of the fire was held and contained,” Inspector Edwards said.

Firefighters battled the fire with the odds against them; high country difficult to access; strong winds and low humidity.

Water-bombing helicopters were temporarily suspended as a massive dust storm engulfed the area.

It was hoped water-bombing choppers would be back in the air today to battle spot fires caused by the continuation of hot, dry, windy conditions.

“No homes were threatened as far as I'm aware,” Inspector Edwards said.

“We hope it stays like that.”

The wind was forecast to be lighter Thursday, bringing relief to fire fighters and residents living near the affected areas.

The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service are urging people to remain on high alert with very high to extreme fire conditions continuing Thursday.

“As hot, dry and windy conditions continue, it is important for peoplewithin the community to call triple-0 immediately if they do see afire, even if it is a small grass fire near your property or even on amedian strip,” a spokesman said and reminded motorists to not flickcigarette butts out of car windows.

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