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UPDATE:Fire helicopter dumps 44,000 litres on Mt Larcom fire


THE fire burning on Ambrose Bracewell Rd is now under control thanks to local fire crews and the service of a fire helicopter that dumped 44,000 litres of water onto the threatened property.

The fire came within two metres of the house at 387 Ambrose Bracewell Rd as residents and fire crews from Mt Larcom fought it off.

The fire is now moving west but is thought to be under control.

Gladstone Station Officer Graham Smith said the grass fire started downwind of the property and posed an "immediate threat" to the house.

"Mt Larcom Rural Fire Service did a good job in responding to the fire as quickly as they did and aiding in protecting the home," he said.

"The fire burned over a 40 to 60 acre area and came within two metres of the house. The fire was significantly slowed down by the fire helicopter."

Station Officer Smith said it was unknown how the fire started and was now subject to an investigation.

A friend of the family, Edith Henicke, said the house was lucky not to go up in flames.

"The fire started on the other side of the hill and seven or so fire trucks turned up from Mt Larcom, Gladstone and Rockhampton," she said. 

There were no injuries and only partial damaged caused to a cattle yard.

The residents declined to comment.



AN EMERGENCY warning urging residents near Ambrose Bracewell Rd, Mount Larcom to enact their bushfire plan has been cancelled. 

Crews managed to bring the fire under control by 5.30pm. 

Fire crews will stay on the scene into the evening to monitor the situation but confirmed there are no homes under threat. 


AN EMERGENCY warning has been issued for a grass fire is burning at Ambrose near Mount Larcom where rural fire crews are still battling to bring it under control.

The fire is on Ambrose Bracewell Rd at the base of hilly terrain. 

A Watch and Act message has been issued and residents near Ambrose Bracewell Rd should enact their bushfire plan. 

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises; residents in the vicinity of Ambrose Bracewell Road, Mount Larcom to enact their bushfire plan.  

At 5pm a large bushfire was located at Ambrose Bracewell Road.  

The fast moving fire is expected to impact the areas of Ambrose Bracewell Road, Hut Creek Road and Humpy Creek Road in the coming hours.  

This fire is moving quickly and firefighters are experiencing difficulty in controlling it.  

Spot fires may occur ahead of the fire front and embers are also being thrown from the fire.

The fire is expected to impact on the Mount Larcom community and there is a chance that some property may be lost.

  Power, water and mobile phone supplies may be lost in the area over the next several hours.   

It will be very hot and windy and as the fire approaches it may become increasingly difficult to see, hear or breathe.  

Residents are strongly advised to leave now if their plan is to do so or if they don't have a plan.

Leaving is the safest option for survival.  

Well prepared and defended homes can offer safety during the fire and may be defendable.  

Currently, six fire crews and water bombing aircraft are working to contain the blaze but firefighters will not be able to protect every affected property and residents should not expect a firefighter at their door.  

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat.  

Residents should consider taking precautionary measures including: 

• Putting on protective clothing;

• Drinking lots of water;

• Moving car/s to a safe location;

• Closing windows and doors and shutting blinds;

• Bringing pets inside, restraining them (leash, cage or secure room) and providing water;

• Wetting down fine fuels close to buildings;

• Removing garden furniture, doormats and other items;

• Sealing all gaps under doors and screens;

• Filling containers with water - eg bath, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins;

• Having ladders ready for roof space access (inside) and against roof (outside);

• Having a generator or petrol powered pump ready; and

• Checking and patrolling outside for embers, extinguishing any spot fires and seeking shelter as the fire front arrives.  

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if they believe their property comes under threat.  

Regular updated information will be provided on the Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) website at or listen to local radio.  

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There are three levels of bushfire warning:

Advice: Monitor conditions and review your bushfire survival plan.

Watch and Act: Conditions are changing. Start taking action and follow your bushfire survival plan.

Emergency Warning: You are in danger. Act on your bushfire survival plan now.