Firies kept busy at Granville

WINDY weather is believed to have reignited fires at the Boonooroo Road refuse tip in Granville yesterday.

Piles of sawdust and rubble had been smouldering since the fires were controlled on Monday. Yesterday, however, they flared up twice.

“We really don't know whether they are being deliberately lit,” said Wayne Ford from Queensland Fire and Rescue Rural Operations.

“We suspect some of the fires may have started from existing areas that have been smouldering.”

Last night the fires had been contained.

Meanwhile, eleven fire crews yesterday rushed to a large fire at Horse Camp, north-west of Childers.

The blaze on Horse Camp Road started about 9.30am; it was under control last night.

Two helicopters were used for observation and water-bombing as firefighters successfully protected homes in the area, an emergency services spokesperson said.

At Gaeta, east of Monto, 32 urban and rural fire teams continue to battle a massive blaze. Crews from New South Wales, Brisbane and Ipswich have arrived to provide relief to local firies.

Yesterday crews worked to contain the fire across six areas using a grader and bulldozer to make containment lines and local landmarks as fire breaks.

Today firefighters are expected to begin back-burning operations.

The fire has burnt about 30,000 hectares of bush since it started five days ago.

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