Firefighters tackling grassfire in Pt Vernon
FIREFIGHTERS continue to watch over a smouldering grass fire in Point Vernon that threw a pall of smoke over the peninsula this afternoon.
Firefighters believe the blaze was deliberately lit but police say they are taking no action at this stage.
Fire services vehicles converged on Eli Creek Rd where they initially believed a car had caught fire.
With the wind blowing in the right direction, firefighters decided conditions were good enough to start a controlled burn to guard against more fires in the same spot this summer.
As at 1.50pm, scattered spot fires continued to blaze in the grass and trees were bursting into flame like small bombs.
At 5.02pm, the Queensland Fire and Rescure reported vehicles were still at the scene.
From noon, pillars of smoke rising up some 90m into the air could be seen above Pt Vernon.
The Department of Community Safety said multiple Queensland Fire and Rescue Service crews were on scene of the grassfire burning in the vicinity of Martin and North Sts in Pt Vernon.
Firefighters were called to the blaze about 12.30pm and were working to contain the fire.
The department said no homes were under threat but the fire was causing a large amount of smoke which was expected to remain in the area throughout the afternoon.
Motorists are urged to exercise caution, drive to conditions and avoid the area if possible.
Residents in the area are advised to keep their doors and windows closed if they suffer from respiratory illness and keep medication close by.