Blaze near Condavale sparks residents’ fears
FIRE burned dangerously close to homes in Condavale Estate on Saturday as a spark from a metal grinder escalated into a fiery blaze.
The blaze started in scrub behind a property on Condavale Dr, shortly after 1pm, and quickly spread through neighbouring properties, burning as close as 50m to homes.
Multiple fire crews, a water bomber and a fire spotting helicopter raced to the scene and were able to bring the fire under control.
One resident, who reported that the fire was burning close to her home, said the fire caught her by surprise.
"It's dry and it's bushy," she said.
"I was scared because of how dry it is at the moment."
Another neighbouring resident said the fire took hold within seconds.
"It was a 10-minute burn," she said.
"It just took off real quick."
At one stage the fire jumped into a neighbouring paddock belonging to Lyndhurst Stud, with home owners racing out to evacuate horses from the danger.
Warwick Station Officer Dennis Burton said crews, assisted by fire bombers, were successful in extinguishing the blaze.
"The suspected cause was a local resident grinding metal," Mr Burton said.
"The area was monitored by local residents overnight."
Mr Burton urged residents to be vigilant in their use of machinery during times of high fire danger.
"Over the next few days we've got a high fire danger," he said.
"It's got to be a common sense approach - be very vigilant, especially using anything that can spark.
"Really consider whether you need to use it over the new days or wait until the fire danger eases."
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Lee Johnson said power tools may be used during a local fire ban
"QFES encourages people to use these with extreme care and ensure adequate equipment is available to extinguish any fire which may start. This may include having a person available to watch out for any ignitions that occur," he said.