Rural firefighters and emergency service officers waiting for orders at the Pechey bushfire staging ground, north of Toowoomba, November 14.
Rural firefighters and emergency service officers waiting for orders at the Pechey bushfire staging ground, north of Toowoomba, November 14.

Fireys work to contain blaze before conditions turn

FIREFIGHTERS are working to boost containment lines as a bushfire at Pechey continues to burn north of Toowoomba.

Rural Fire Service Acting Regional Manager Tim Chittenden said the Pechey fire was burning within containment lines.

"It's not contained but it is within those containment lines," the Pechey bushfire incident controller said.

"We have heavy plant on scene with three bulldozers assisting crews to contain it."

A deployment of firefighters from Western Australia are in action at the fire, allowing local crews to recharge after a fierce few days battling the blaze which started in thick forestry country.

Conditions eased overnight and this morning but are expected to worsen this afternoon with winds predicted to pick up about 1pm.

Mr Chittenden said crews were prepared to respond, with two aircraft continuing waterbombing operations today.

The Bureau of Meteorology is warning a fresh burst of hot, dry westerly winds resulted in severe fire dangers in the Darling Downs and Granite Belt.

"Thunderstorms are possible in the far north of the Darling Downs and Granite Belt in the afternoon, bringing the risk of lightning as an ignition source for new fires," BOM forecast.

"Further thunderstorms may produce gusty and erratic winds."

Mr Chittenden said the severe fire danger was in place for the Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts tomorrow and Sunday.

Sunday, he said, would also bring localised areas of extreme conditions.

"We are looking at some localised areas with extreme fire danger in the Central Darling Downs, basically in a line from Inglewood to Miles," he said.



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