BLAZE: Multiple crews are fighting a fire near Storm King Dam.
BLAZE: Multiple crews are fighting a fire near Storm King Dam. Bev Lacey

Rain saving grace for Southern Downs bushfire

UPDATE 6.45am: Rain has been the saving grace for a blaze burning in inaccessible land on the Southern Downs.

A downpour about 6pm yesterday extinguished the fire near Storm King Dam after it had been burning since Wednesday afternoon.

A spokeswoman from Queensland Ambulance Services said there were no reports of property being damaged in the fire between Eukey Rd and Mount Tully Rd.

Waterbombing and backburning were being undertaken yesterday afternoon in an effort to protect a house and other structures in the area.

UPDATE 3.09pm Fire crews are now backburning to protect a house and other structures as the large bushfire burning near Mt Tully Rd continues to burn.

Six rural units are on scene, as well as one command unit and one senior officer.

Waterbombing is working to contain one front of the large fire as firefighter tackle the blaze on two fronts.

UPDATE 1.45pm: Fire crews remain on scene at a bushfire burning near Storm King Dam at Stanthorpe.

The blaze broke out about 12.44pm yesterday in inaccessible land between Eukey Rd and Mount Tully Rd.

Firefighters are currently backburning along Mount Tully Rd and waterbombing operations are underway to assist ground crews.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has advised residents in Stanthorpe, Ballandean and Sugarloaf may be affected by smoke.

They have should close windows and doors as well as keep medications close by if they suffer from a respiratory condition.

Smoke may also decrease visibility on roads, so motorists are advised to drive with caution and to the conditions.

The fire is not currently threatening property but if residents are concerned their property is under threat they are advised to call 000 immediately.

UPDATE 7am: A bushfire continues to burn in inaccessible land new Storm King Dam at Stanthorpe.

A spokeswoman from Queensland Ambulance Services this morning said firefighters would return to investigate the blaze today.

Machinery was expected to be brought in to create a fire break.

The size of the blaze remains unknown.

The fire broke out about 12.44pm yesterday near Eukey Rd and Mount Tully Rd.

A warning was issued to residents living close by about the possibility of smoke affecting surrounding areas.

No property is under threat from the fire but if residents are concerned their property may be at risk they have been advised to call 000 immediately.

INITIAL: A bushfire is currently burning in inaccessible land near Storm King Dam at Stanthorpe.

Multiple crews are on scene near Eukey Rd and Mount Tully Rd, with firefighters keeping the fire at bay until a fire break can be created first thing in the morning.

A spokeswoman from Queensland Ambulance Services said the fire broke out about 12.44pm but the cause of the blaze was unknown.

Queensland Ambulance Services has issued a warning to residents that smoke may affect surrounding areas.

It has been advised residents close windows and doors and if suffering from a respiratory condition, keep medications close by.

Motorists have also been warned to drive with caution and to conditions.

No property is currently under threat from the fire, but if residents are concerned their property may be at risk they have been advised to call 000 immediately.



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