200 ha go up in smoke

STRONG winds helped a fire rip through 200 hectares of vacant land near Churchill Mines Road yesterday afternoon.

Five rural crews were called out to the suspicious fire that started around mid-afternoon. Churchill Mines Road, which runs from Dundathu to Torbanlea, was closed to all traffic and manned by the State Emergency Service.

Brian Dale from Queensland Fire and Rescue Rural Operations said crews had hoped to have the fire near the old Pialba Rail Corridor under control by 8pm last night.

“There has been pretty gusty winds today ... the timing of the south-westerly change tonight will be important.”

Mr Dale said the fire was being treated as suspicious as crews had been unable to find a natural cause as of last night.

No homes or structures were under threat at the time of print.



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