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The day the sky turned black

IT looked like a scene from Mad Max or the end of the world.

Thick, black smoke choked the air around Thangool on Saturday afternoon as fire fighters battled a large grassfire on the Burnett Highway near Blanch's Road.

Thangool Rural Fire Brigade captain Don Baldwin said two trucks attended the fire around 2.30pm.

“It was fairly dark and black,” Mr Baldwin said.

Using Blanch's Road as a fire break, the two crews managed to contain the fire and eventually put it out.

“If it had jumped Blanch's Road we'd still be chasing,” Mr Baldwin told The Central Telegraph earlier this week.

It was the second fire they had attended in as many days, with a grass fire on Friday morning on the Burnett Highway also requiring two trucks to put the blaze out.

He said the Friday fire, about 8.20am, had been deliberately lit as it was still fairly wet with dew on the ground at that time.

Mr Baldwin said the cause of the Saturday fire was unknown.

The two fires left a long stretch of the land along the Burnett Highway burnt out.

He forewarned residents more fires could be on the way, with dry conditions leaving plenty of long dry grass as fuel to stoke fires from discarded cigarette butts.

“People must be very careful as there is a lot of fuel around for fires and it is at a bad flammable level,” Mr Baldwin said.

He said if anyone wanted to do a burn-off they should first contact their local fire warden for permits and check conditions.

Police believe both fires may have been deliberately lit.

However, they don't usually investigate the cause of grassfires unless property is damaged.

If it had jumped Blanch's Road we'd still be chasing


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