Low flying thrill-seeker sparks Gold Coast blaze

Low flying thrill-seeker sparks Gold Coast blaze

4 October 2009

published by www.brisbanetimes.com.au

Australia —

As multiple bushfires continue to burn across Queensland, a paraglider has sparked a grass fire on the Gold Coast.

The paraglider clipped power lines at Beechmont in the Gold Coast hinterland about 10.30am, but the pilot escaped injury.

A small blaze broke out in the tinder-dry conditions, but was soon extinguished by firefighters.

Two helicopters waterbombed another grass fire that flared up on the Gold Coast at Elanora about 1pm today but emergency services said there was no threat to any homes.

Meanwhile, fire crews continued to monitor a large grass fire on the Brisbane Valley Highway at Coominya.

In central Queensland, waterbombing aircraft and 11 emergency crews battled a bushfire near the old mining town of Mt Morgan, west of Rockhampton.

The firefighters carried out backburning and used bulldozers to carve out containment lines.

Northwest of Townsville, fire crews saved several houses from a large grass fire in Garland Road at Mt Low about 1pm (AEST) on Sunday.

Fire bans remain in place until midnight tomorrow.

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