TOLL OF BLAZE COUNTED: Bushfire approaching a property and it’s tanks during Stanthorpe fires.
TOLL OF BLAZE COUNTED: Bushfire approaching a property and it’s tanks during Stanthorpe fires.

Toll of fires on private dams revealed

QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services has revealed the full extent bushfires played on private water supplies in its latest statement.

Data showed more than 80,000 litres was used in air bombing operations during the September Granite Belt fires.

A QFES spokeswoman said that 3000 litres were used to fight Stanthorpe and Applethorpe fires and 76,450 litres were used to fight the blazes in Ballandean.

While the information finally put a number on air use, it is unlikely the total sum of both on-land and air firefighting efforts will ever be unearthed, according to the spokeswoman.

"It's harder to capture with tanks because they are just going backward and forward."

The Granite Belt numbers were released with those from the Gold Coast bushfires, where firefighting reportedly used up to three million litres of private supplies in that area.

"The difference with that is that the Granite Belt was not as protracted and covered less area, and therefore, needed less aircraft," the spokeswoman said.

QFES was working to replace private water it used.

"Any private water supply, domestic and livestock, that was used will be replaced as soon as possible with no cost to the landholders."

QFES advised landowners to visit their QFES station if they lost water to firefighting.



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