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Close call as Bauple blaze comes within a metre of houses

A Glenwood Rural Fire Brigade officer works to control a bushfire at Bauple that burnt out huge tracts of land.
A Glenwood Rural Fire Brigade officer works to control a bushfire at Bauple that burnt out huge tracts of land. Craig Warhurst

HUNDREDS of hectares of forest and grassland between the Bruce Hwy and Bauple were incinerated as a major fire scorched sheds and came within a metre of farm buildings, including houses.

The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service advised residents in the vicinity of Bauple Dr and Rialta Rd at Bauple "to enact their bushfire plans".

It said leaving was the safest survival option.

At 1.30pm, as huge flames moved towards Rialta Rd, firefighters grimly warned that some property loss was possible  with 16 fire crews called in to control the inferno.

The big and fast moving fire had by then already burnt about 100ha of land and was travelling north-east towards Bauple Dr and Rialta Rd.

That warning was revised by the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service two hours later.

The southern side was then contained and crews then worked to contain the northern side, where the fire was burning in timbered country.

Hot and windy conditions added significantly to the danger.

"I'm working with Parks (the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service) now to see if there is a track we can use to isolate it," area director Warren Edwards said from the scene late on Monday afternoon.

"Every day without rain is a day drier," he said.

"And every hot day is dangerous, especially if it is windy like Sunday."

Water tankers were ordered in and a grader was used to plough up a break across the face of the fire.

Topics:  bauple, bushfire, editors picks, fire



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