Fire extinguished: Applethorpe out, Ballandean still burning
IT'S the news we've all been hoping to hear - the blaze burning at Applethorpe for seven days has now been extinguished.
The fire originally started at Amiens on Friday afternoon, then quickly escalated into a dangerous, fast-moving blaze threatening homes and lives at Stanthorpe and Applethorpe into the evening.
While the fire was contained by Sunday afternoon, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advised at 10am this morning that the fire had now been put out.
Crews are continuing to monitor the area as the welfare of residents and firefighters is a priority.
Smoke continues to affect the area so residents susceptible to smoke should close windows and doors.
"Those suffering a respiratory condition should keep their medications close by. Motorists should drive with caution and to conditions,” QFES advises.
Further south at Ballandean, a bushfire continues to burn and an advice level warning is in place.
As at 10.05am, the fire was burning in an area between Rees Rd and Eukey Rd, but no properties were under direct threat.
"Firefighters are working to strengthen containment lines with efforts focused around properties along Rees Road and Eukey Road. Crews will remain on scene throughout the day,” QFES advises.
The Girraween National Park is currently closed to the public due to this bushfire.
Phone 000 immediately if you believe you or your property is under threat.