Fire threatens homes
FIREFIGHTERS spent four hours yesterday trying to bring a raging bushfire under control at Mungar.
The suspicious fire started in long grass on Pioneer Road about 11.45am, said Maryborough firefighter Grant Feeney, before it quickly escalated out of control.
“We had three urban appliances, seven rural appliances and a water bombing chopper working,” he said.
The fire tore through more than 50 hectares of grass and threatened several nearby homes before it was brought under control about 4pm.
In one case the fire burnt only metres away from a high-set Queenslander.
Mr Feeney said Pioneer Road was not closed but a train was delayed because of the thick smoke.
He said crews had not determined the cause of the fire but it was being treated as suspicious while it was under investigation.
He reminded Fraser Coast residents that a fire ban was still in place until tonight and could be extended.
The ban prohibits the lighting of all fires in the region, including fires that have been given permits.
Gas and electric barbecues are permitted, as are fires for commercial necessity.