Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry ranger Martin Sinclair helps contain the bushfire in Curra State Forest yesterday.
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry ranger Martin Sinclair helps contain the bushfire in Curra State Forest yesterday. Tanya Easterby

Smoke haze lingers around Gympie

A PALL of smoke clung to Gympie yesterday as fire fighters battled grass and bushfires on the edge of the city and in more distant communities to the north, south and west of the region.

A bushfire which broke out near the Curra State Forest on Thursday afternoon between Curra and Corella, was contained but still burning last night, and created a great deal of smoke throughout the day.

A Queensland Rural Fire Service spokesman said the blaze on Brady's Rd was believed to have gotten into the Curra forest, and Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry crews were on the scene Thursday and Friday, helping to keep the blaze within containment lines.

However, nobody from Queensland Parks and Wildlife or State Forestry seemed to know anything about it yesterday afternoon.

The fire is not believed to have posed any threat to nearby homes or other structures, but is thought to have burnt out 60ha (150 acres) of land, and left heavily smouldering gullies that resulted in Gympie's dense smoke haze.

Fifteen crews were battling a large bushfire at Ningi, near Bribie Island late yesterday. The fast moving fire was expected to impact the areas of Lomond Drive, Glasgow Rd, Browns Rd and Wallace Rd in Ningi, as well as Newman Rd, Caboolture-Beachmere Rd and the general Beachmere community.Firefighters were having difficulty controlling it in the hot, windy conditions and were warning of spot fires ahead of the fire front and embers. There was a chance some property and mobile phone supplies would be lost.Residents were strongly advised to leave their homes.

Meanwhile, fire crews were also kept busy battling a blaze at Cooroy, which started around midday at the top of a hill on Nandroya Rd near the Bruce Hwy. The slow-moving fire did not threaten any structures in the area.

Fires were also burning at Mt Perry near Bundaberg, Walliebum near Maryborough, and near forestry land at east Nanango, where bulldozers were called in to create fire breaks and where a "large area" of inaccessible bushland was still burning into the night.