Firefighters battle 11 blazes in Queensland

Firefighters battle 11 blazes in Queensland

27 September 2009

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Queensland fire crews are battling eleven blazes across the state, with continuing dry and windy weather conditions putting emergency services on high alert.

The number of fires being monitored has jumped up by three since yesterday.

A central Queensland fire, which started at Nine Mile Creek a few days ago and has since moved through to Struck Oil Road in Limestone Creek, is causing the the most concern.

While five fire crews have cut off the blaze with containment lines and no homes are under threat, a spot fire broke out in the nearby Mount Morgan region last night.

Five crews are also battling a forest fire in the National Park at Alice Creek in the Bunya Mountains.

The fire is now well inside containment lines and no property is threatened.

Meanwhile, a grass fire in Peregian Springs on the Sunshine Coast that was believed to be under control flared up again at 3am this morning.

Five fire crews were dispatched to the fire, which is situated on Havana Road West, and were able to quickly contain the fire.

Other blazes across the state include a bushfire at Nerang State Forest, a grass fire at Numinbah Valley, a grass fire at Mt Moffat, a grass fire at Booyal, a grass fire at Nanango, a grass fire at Ilbilbi and a grass fire at Mount Fox.

While no properties near any of the fires are currently under threat, residents in affected areas have been asked to remain on high alert.

The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service has extended fire bans in various parts of the State until 12.01am tomorrow.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Ben Annels urged residents to be extra vigilant as dry and windy weather conditions were expected to continue across the state.

“There’s quite a few fires around, and with these conditions there’s always the possibility new fires can start up,” he said.

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