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Extreme dry fuels grassfires

FIREFIGHTERS across the Callide and Dawson Valleys have been kept busy battling blazes that have thrived in extremely dry conditions.

Biloela Fire Brigade had to deal with three fires since Friday, with two on Friday afternoon.

The most recent was on Semple's Road on Tuesday that burnt out a large area along the road near Prospect Creek.

Biloela Fire Captain Garry Dobbs said the fire, believed to have started by a grinder, had threatened a building.

Firefighters were called out about 10.30am and took about six hours to put the fire out.

Friday's fires were at the Kroombit Creek Bridge and a small fire at the Biloela waste transfer station that was quickly extinguished by rural crews.

Three urban and two rural crews attended the Kroombit blaze, which was extinguished in about 20 minutes, but the Thangool brigade had to return three times - Friday night (9.30pm), Saturday afternoon (1.30pm) and Sunday (11.30am) when it flared again.

Goovigen, Wowan and Dululu brigades were called to battle the week-long Mt Morgan fire along with a host of other crews.

The Wowan brigade fought the fire from 5.30pm until midnight on Monday.

Fire bans will remain in place until midnight on Monday.

The Rural Fire Service has put a ban on the lighting of all fires, including permit fires, as a precaution with very high, and at times extreme, conditions expected to continue.

Go to www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au or at www.fire.qld.gov.au or listen to your radio station.


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