'Out of ordinary' effort from firefighters in rugged terrain
A "TREMENDOUS” effort has enabled Southern Downs firefighters to overcome rugged country and contain a vegetation fire south east of Warwick.
Warwick Rural Fire Brigade Group officer Alan Payne has been coordinating Queensland firefighters at the blaze, which crossed over the border from Cullendore into Elbow Valley on Sunday afternoon.
Mr Payne said fire was contained overnight on Tuesday.
"It's a tremendous effort from the firefighters, it's been rugged country, hard country, and their effort has been out of the ordinary,” he said.
"It burnt very well and if it hadn't been contained it could have burned through to the New England Highway if it wanted to.”
Mr Payne said firefighters had put in back burns and grader breaks contain the fire.
"It takes a lot of effort to find breaks within the rocks and hills, it's not an easy fire to contain,” he said.
A spokesman from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services yesterday said more than 30 crews had been called to assist with the fire at various points over the past few days.
This included units from Warwick, Killarney, Dalveen, Freestone, Massie, Allora, The Glen, Gladfield Maryvale, Leyburn and Greymare.
Two helicopters from New South Wales as well as NSW fire crews, NSW National Parks and the Southern Downs Regional Council also assisted with the effort.
The spokesman said four crews remained at the scene yesterday afternoon patrolling the blaze.
"Particularly with all the teams working together, we worked well and made a successful job out of it,” Mr Payne said.
A shipping container was the only structure damaged in the fire, which burnt more than 300ha of Queensland country.