UPDATE: A FIRE that broke out near Aldridge State High School yesterday could have caused serious damage had wind conditions not been favourable, Maryborough acting fire station officer Brad Spencer said.

"It was a big bushfire," he said."We were lucky this time; with a blaze that size it could do a lot of damage to people's homes if the wind pushed it."

When the Maryborough crew showed up at the scene at around 11am, one acre was burning.

Soon, the blaze expanded to 15 acres which includeD back burning done by crews.

Nearby the blaze was a BMX track that had to be evacuated.

"About 30 people were there including some that were camping," Mr Spencer said.

"They were a bit reluctant to move but had to shifted for safety."

The area burned was scrub land with grass, with no other damage recorded.

"It will regenerate as soon as we get rain," Mr Spencer said.

"Overall, the fire danger at the moment is low, and we have been encouraging farmers and people who living in bushfire areas to do bushfire mitigation

The cause of the blaze is unknown.

Crews put the fire out at 3pm, and remained on-site until 6pm to ensure it did not restart.

Bushfire in scrub at the end of Searle St in Maryborough. Firefighters backburn long grass behind the Ergon depot to contain the fire.
Bushfire in scrub at the end of Searle St in Maryborough. Firefighters backburn long grass behind the Ergon depot to contain the fire. Alistair Brightman

EARLIER: EIGHT fire crews are working to contain a fire near Aldridge State High School. 

Maryborough's acting fire station officer Brad Spencer said the fire was estimated to be about 15 acres. 

The cause of the blaze is unknown, though the eight crews - four urban units from Maryborough and four rural crews from Aldershot, Bidwell and Tinana (supplied two) - have begun back burning operations. 

Bushfire near Aldridge State High School.
Bushfire near Aldridge State High School.


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