Tractor sparks blaze

FIRE ripped through three Deuchar properties on Thursday night, with five structures saved.

A Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) spokeswoman said crews were called to the Kirkland Rd fire just after 5pm and had it contained about 7pm.

"Quite a few crews attended," she said.

"The Allora crew, three Warwick crews and rural crews all went to help out."

She said the last crew left the scene about 9.10pm, after spending a couple of hours dampening down the area.

Warwick station officer Dennis Burton said it was suspected the blaze was ignited by a tractor.

"Up to four houses and one shed were threatened," Mr Burton said.

"The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service stopped the fire from reaching those but we did lose one water tank."

He said this time of year was not generally a high risk time for bush fires.

"One would assume because of the high moisture content in the vegetation (there would be no fires) but obviously it still happens," Mr Burton said.

"It's probably a little drier out there then it is in here in Warwick and once it got a hold in the long grass - with such a high fuel load, they burn faster."

Mr Burton said QFRS would kick off their bushfire safety campaign this month for the next fire season which started in spring.

"The bushfire season, for us, usually lasts from September to January," he said.



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