GALLERY: Homes threatened by massive fire
HIGH winds and dry temperatures proved a treacherous combination for firefighters as they battled to contain a monster blaze in rural scrubland at Booral.
Homes were in the firing line as more than 64 firefighters scrambled to establish defensive perimeters between River Heads Rd and Tremon Rd.
The grass fire broke out about 10.15am on Saturday.
Wind gusts of up to 56km/h fanned the flames towards Sandrabarbara Dr in the north, potentially putting more properties under threat.
Heavy smoke from the area could be seen at Booral, River Heads, Wondunna and Urangan as the blaze consumed more than 23 hectares of land over the day.
At least 20 fire crews, including 16 rural crews, four urban crews, a fire command vehicle and several senior officers, were required to help backburn patches of land to help contain the fire.
A bulldozer was deployed to establish a break in the fire after 2pm.
It continued all day until late in the evening, with crews backburning the western corner of the Booral area to secure the blaze for the night by 6.48pm.
A Queensland Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said the blaze was contained by 10.40am yesterday and the remaining crews had departed.
She said the area's landholder was watching the fire throughout the day for potential re-ignitions.
Wind speeds have been abnormally high on the Fraser Coast over the past few days, likely due to the movements of Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oma off the southeast Queensland coast. On Friday, gusts of up to 76km/h were reported in Hervey Bay while Maryborough recorded 65km/h.
Hervey Bay's wind gusts were the strongest recorded for the month of February in more than 15 years, according to authorities.