Testing for toxic air
FIREFIGHTERS are testing the smoke from a blaze at Takura to see if it is toxic.
Crews were at Koppers Wood Products along Torbanlea-Pialba Road yesterday collecting air samples.
Maryborough station officer Greg Walters said there were a few logs and off-cuts of wood still burning at the Takura plant after a fire broke out on surrounding land about midday on Monday.
Incident controller Mark Long said the fire had all but burnt out across the affected 150 hectares.
Firefighters have cleared vegetation 30 metres around the perimeter after containing the flames overnight.
Mr Long said the small amount of rain that fell yesterday morning did make mopping up easier for firefighters. However the moisture created humidity which then made operations awkward, he said.
The fire started by sparks from a contractor slasher on the Torbanlea-Pialba Road.
Five strike teams from Noosa and Maroochy River helped Fraser Coast firefighters with both the Takura and Howard mop-ups. There were also four crews up from Gympie.
Mr Long said the Howard fire, which started on Sunday and burnt about 200 hectares, would continue to be monitored.
He said despite the blazes under control weather conditions were still dangerous and grassland still dry.
“We’re just taking it day by day,” he said.
Investigations into how the blaze started are continuing. A fire ban across the region will be in force until Monday; conditions are at www.fire.qld.gov.au.