Lightning from earlier storms has started a series of bushfires in North Burnett.
Lightning from earlier storms has started a series of bushfires in North Burnett. Allan Reinikka

Burnett burns as BOM issues thunderstorm warning

Update (4.35pm): Crews have extinguished the fire in Mundowran, which had rekindled after earlier being started by a lightning strike.

A smaller fire was also reported near Browns Rd, Three Moon, south of Monto, but Rural Fire Service Burnett area coordinator Marty Taylor said this one was almost extinguished.

Mr Taylor said there has been lightning around Monto district, which "slip on units”, private vehicles with fire-fighting kits mounted on the rear, have been following to ensure no further fires are started.

Earlier: NORTH Burnett is alight as three fires bushfires across the region, all of them started by lightning strikes from recent storm activity.

Rural Fire Service Burnett area director Marty Taylor said a bushfire near Pinedale Rd in Rawbelle is being attended by multiple Rural Fire Service and Queensland Fire and Emergency Service crews, who are creating dozer breaks and back-burning to contain the blaze.

However, they are being impeded by the inaccessible country.

An earlier fire to the east, near Mill Rd, Monto, has been extinguished, although Mr Taylor said it may still be smoking.

Multiple RFS crews are attending a fire near Bald Hills Norris Corner Rd at Mundowran, as a vegetation fire has rekindled following a lightning strike.

And both the RFS and QFES are fighting a bushfire near Wetheron Benyenda Rd, Wetheron.

Mr Taylor said a dozer and a grader were both working to contain the blaze.

The Wetheron fire has been upgraded to 'Notification' level, meaning smoke may affect surrounding areas but no immediate threat is posed.

The RFS is "praying for rain, just like everyone else in the Burnett,” Mr Taylor said.

"We're hoping there's not a dry thunderstorm with lots of lightning this afternoon.”

A fire which was burning at Coonambula has been extinguished.

At 3pm, the Bureau of Meteorology recorded a temperate of 39.6 degrees and wind gusts of up to 20km/h at the Gayndah Airport station.

Mr Taylor said RFS and QFES crews are in for a long day.

No properties are threatened by the fires.


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