A chopper from the NSW Rural Fire Service flies to the Cullendore fire with water.
A chopper from the NSW Rural Fire Service flies to the Cullendore fire with water. John Towells

Back burning still going on in effort to contain fire

FIRE brigade crews from Warwick, Wildash, Dalveen and Massie brigades are preparing to back burn late this afternoon so as to contain a dangerous fire on each side of the border at Cullendore.

Nine fire crews from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service were on duty to 1am Monday to put breaks around a dangerous fire on Cullendore Rd, Elbow Valley.

A total of 400 hectares grass has been burnt on each side of the Queensland and New South Wales border.

Warwick Rural Fire Brigade Group officer Alan Payne was in charge of the Queensland fire fighters as a fire which started in New South Wales on Saturday crossed the border into Queensland near Hopgood Rd on Sunday.

Mr Payne said the volunteers put in a great effort to around 1am Monday at the fire.

"We needed to get the breaks in and had a grader from the Southern Downs Regional Council on site,” he said.

"A unit from the Dalveen Rural Fire Brigade spent five hours around a house near the border fence on Sunday to protect it from the fire.”

Rural Fire Brigade volunteers returned to the fire early Monday morning.

At 3pm Monday, there are fire brigade units from Warwick, Wildash, Dalveen and Massie brigades on the Queensland side of the fire ready to burn breaks.

Up to 20 crews from Queensland and New South Wales were on scene late Sunday afternoon when the fire was at its worst.

A New South Wales Rural Fire Service medium-sized chopper had been filling up at a dam on Cherrabah Resort at Elbow Valley to fight the fire.

NSW RFS media spokesman James Morris said the chopper on the scene of the Cullendore fire was known as the helitack.

"It was used to do a mapping run of the fire and has been picking up water at Cherrabah Resort to fight the fire,” Mr Morris said.

"We also have four trucks from New South Wales on scene,” he said on Sunday afternoon.

A dozer from the New South Wales side of the border was also helping push breaks.

UPDATE 5.30pm Sunday: A New South Wales Rural Fire Service medium-sized chopper has been filling up from a dam on Cherrabah Resort at Elbow Valley to fight a fire in the Cullendore area south east of Warwick.

NSW RFS media spokesman James Morris said the chopper on the scene of the Cullendore fire was known as the helitack.

"It was used to do a mapping run of the fire and has been picking up water at Cherrabah Resort to fight the fire,” Mr Morris said.

"We also have four trucks from New South Wales on scene.”

He said the chopper would be stood down at last light this afternoon.

"We have agreements with other states for fires on borders and our chooper would have been dropping water on the fire and not following a border line.

"Our main priority would be protecting properties ahead of the fire.”

EARLIER: Ten Rural Fire Brigade units from the Southern Downs and an urban unit from Warwick are on scene at a fire at Cullendore, east of Warwick and Stanthorpe.

The fire was burning on Saturday in Tenterfield shire in New South Wales but only moved across the border into Queensland on Sunday.

At 3pm Sunday, the New South Wales Rural Fire Brigade stated 116 hectares of vegetation had been burnt.

An urban appliance from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service Warwick station was on the way to the fire at 4.20pm to support Rural Fire Brigade units on scene.

A chopper has dropped water on the fire which is now burning near Cullendore Rd on each side of the border and near the Mt Lindesay Highway.



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