January 11, 2013

Seven fire crews are at the scene of a grass fire burning out of control in remote country near Cobbs Hill Road and Nangur Road at Cloyna.

An Emergency Services spokesman said the fire was sparked by a lightning strike yesterday.

Firefighters are working to establish containment lines.

The fire is not under control at this time however there is no threat to property.

An aircraft is on scene assisting crews with reconnaissance.

An incident control centre has been established at the Murgon Fire Station and local residents with questions can speak with a member of the incident management team at the station.

Residents experiencing smoke in their area have been advised to keep doors and windows closed and medications close by if they suffer from a respiratory condition.

Motorists have been urged to drive with caution.

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Nine fire crews and an aircraft are working to contain a grass fire near Manumbar Road at Elgin Vale.

The blaze was also sparked by a lightning strike during yesterday’s storm.

An Emergency Services spokesman said a dozer is assisting to finish off containment lines.

It is expected the fire will be completely contained by midday.

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The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service is concerned other fires in the region may have been sparked by yesterday afternoon’s storms.

“The severe thunderstorm that struck Kingaroy, Blackbutt and Nanango yesterday afternoon has sparked several vegetation fires,” a spokesman said.

“We have aerial reconnaissance being carried out, however fire crews need the community’s help to locate fires as they occur. If you spot a fire, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.”


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