Grass fire at Gayndah.
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Raging Gayndah grass fire under control, patrols to continue

SATURDAY: 9am |

A GRASS fire that spanned 3ha at Gayndah is under control.

Six Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews battled the blaze for half the day yesterday, after reports of the fire came through about 12.15pm yesterday afternoon.

A Firecomms spokesman confirmed crews managed to gain control of the fire about 6.30pm last night and that the blaze was now burning within containment lines.

"They've put out the edges so it can't escape ... They'll be conducting patrols today," he said.

 

FRIDAY: 4.45pm |

SIX Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews are on scene at a grass fire burning at Gayndah.

The fire broke out about 12.15pm today and has grown from about 500sqm to 3ha.

Since then, crews have been trying to gain control of the fire and conduct backburning operations in the area to protect nearby homes.

Investigations into what caused the fire will follow once the blaze has been put out and if its origin is suspicious.

If homes are under threat, warnings will be issued.

A QFES spokeswoman said there was a lot of the smoke in the area and for nearby residents to be cautious.

"Residents are asked to close windows and doors, and keep their medications close by if suffering from a respiratory condition," she said.

"Motorists should drive with caution and to conditions. If residents are concerned their property is under threat they are advised to call Triple Zero (000) immediately. 


 

FRIDAY: 1.30pm |

THREE fire crews are battling a blaze at Gayndah.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services responded to reports of a 500sqm grass fire just behind Porter St about 12.15pm.

A QFES spokeswoman said both urban and rural auxiliaries were on scene.

She said she was unsure of whether the flames were under control, but said an additional brigade had been requested about 1.30pm.

Queensland Ambulance Services are on scene for the benefit of the fireys fighting the blaze.

Initial reports are that properties over the hill from the fire, at Duke and Duchess Hill, are under threat and that crews are currently working to protect them.

"They are carrying out exposure protection in that area," the spokeswoman said.

Updates to follow.


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