Exhausted firefighters hoping for help from Mother Nature
EXHAUSTED after many hours battling a blaze which threatened homes around Sunshine Acres on Christmas Day, firefighters were left hoping Mother Nature would aid them in their battle against the fire by delivering some much-needed rain.
Smoke from the fire caused a hazard which closed down the Maryborough-Hervey Bay Rd on Tuesday and had residents joining in the fight to save their homes and properties on Baxters Rd.
While containment lines were protecting those properties on Wednesday, firefighter Wayne Ford, who was in control of the site, said much was dependent on weather conditions.
He said crews would be monitoring the site well into the night as areas around Baxters Rd continued to flare up on Wednesday.
A fire that was lit on a property at the weekend was believed to have been the cause of the blaze but now that is unclear.
Mr Ford said the fire was "certainly suspicious" but further investigations had to be made.
A bulldozer was brought in to push down trees that had been consumed by the blaze to try to prevent the containment line from being breached. Around the border of the fire, residents beat back flames with hessian bags and shovelled earth over the fire to try to prevent it from spreading.
Crews had worked through to 4am on Wednesda in an effort to bring the fire under control.
Then, with only a few hours sleep, many had returned to the scene to continue the efforts to extinguish the blaze.
Sunshine Acres property owner Denis Chapman said the fire had started near the highway.
It had then jumped across the highway and burned behind homes on Honeyeater Dr, coming dangerously close to homes and requiring the evacuation of some residents.