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Rural fire brigade services again stretched to the limit

Haydenn Shaw,16, speaking with a police officer before being told to move away from the fire in Howard.
Haydenn Shaw,16, speaking with a police officer before being told to move away from the fire in Howard. Robyne Cuerel

RURAL fire brigade services spent another weekend in the furnace fighting blazes at Toogoom, Howard and Pacific Haven.

No homes were under threat when the Chronicle received its last reports on Sunday, although Hervey Bay Rural Fire Brigade Group officer Don Duffus said that wasn't the case earlier.

"There has been homes under threat (at Pacific Haven and Howard) on and off but there's been no structures lost at this stage," Mr Duffus said.

Lee Edmanson 18, and Haydenn Shaw,16, were witnesses to the fire that started in Pacific Haven . They photographed the fire jumping the road near the cemetary in Howard.
Lee Edmanson 18, and Haydenn Shaw,16, were witnesses to the fire that started in Pacific Haven . They photographed the fire jumping the road near the cemetary in Howard. Robyne Cuerel

Pacific Haven resident Haydenn Shaw and his friend photographed the fire jumping the road near Howard cemetry.

"I saw flames jumping across the road and the head of the fire charging through the bush," Mr Shaw said.

"I saw the graders pushing the dirt to create a gap the fire couldn't jump and I saw the firies backburning opposite sides hoping the fire would push back, this was near Tremlin Dr."

Mr Duffus said the Toogoom blaze, near Leo Rd, was under control on Sunday afternoon.

He said 47 firefighters, made up of 16 rural and two urban crews, were still working to bring the Pacific Haven blaze under total control, and early indications were it began on a residential lot.

"People need to be vigilant and at the first sign of fire they should call it in because all permits have been withdrawn from the region," he said.

"Call 000 straight away, don't hesitate, do not think it's a permit burn, it will not be."

Topics:  bushfires pacific haven rural fire brigade



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