Gayndah Fire and Rescue service was battling the blaze for several hours last night.
Gayndah Fire and Rescue service was battling the blaze for several hours last night. David Nielsen

The unexpected cause of Gayndah Mundubbera Rd blaze

GAYNDAH Fire and Rescue Service had a late night battling a blaze off Gayndah Mundubbera Rd after flying foxes collided with power lines.

The fire, near Morgans Rd, about five minutes outside of Gayndah, began around 8pm last night and lasted for several hours.

Captain Ron Mitchell said no property was threatened by the fire.

He said this was the second or third fire this season started by errant flying foxes colliding with power lines or utility poles.

According to Mr Mitchell, they are having similar problems with the foxes at Biggenden and Childers.

Both stations have been contacted for comment.

While he conceded the animals created extra work for he and his officers, he noted they were a protected species and solutions like culling were not an option.

Council's website notes there have historically been several colonies in North Burnett, including at Barambah Creek, Coalstoun Lakes, Gayndah and Mundubbera.

"Any unauthorised attempts to disturb flying fox colonies is not only illegal but also ineffective,” it states.

They are protected by Queensland's Nature Conservation Act 1992.


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