Crews are working to contain the fire at Mt Colliery. Picture: Tricia Watkinson.
Crews are working to contain the fire at Mt Colliery. Picture: Tricia Watkinson.

Fire flares at Mt Colliery plantation

UPDATE 3PM: TRAINED staff will remain on scene to defend the HQ Plantation after a bushfire was brought under control.

Emergency service crews have left the scene. 

EARLIER: TWO crews are working to save a pine tree plantation from bushfire, according to Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.

HQ Plantations, located at Gambubal Rd at Mt Colliery, reported the blaze at around 10.30 this morning.

The company is monitoring conditions from fire towers and cameras and has firefighting crew and equipment ready to defend the property, including a helicopter with a 3000L water tank.

The plantation was shut when the fire broke out in accordance with QFES recommendations.

Fire protection manager Andrew Dunn said he was advised of extreme conditions that could cause fire to develop quickly and travel fast.

"With these dry conditions and north westerly winds, the rate of fire spread is predicted to be up to 700 to 800 metres per hour with flames as high as 10m and spotting up to 1.2km", he said.

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