Fallen power pole starts grass fire near Bruce Highway

UPDATE 4.40PM: There is still smoke and sections of grass smouldering near the Bruce Hwy after a power pole was knocked down, starting a fire south of Tannum Sands.

The location has been confirmed as nearly opposite the Gladstone Pet Resort, before the Christianson Rd turn-off as you head south on the highway.

The incident was caused by a tip truck involved in road works on the highway. It hit a rural line and brought down power lines across the road.

The subsequent power outage affected 59 customers from 1.28pm to 4.36pm.

Roadworks in the area are being conducted by CMC Construction on behalf of the Department of Transport and Main Roads.

To hinder the blaze construction workers created a windbreak with two graders so it could not spread.

At about 4pm the Department of Transport and Main Roads were advised the fire was under control.

The highway is still down to one lane, but is due to the construction works and not the impact of the fire.

UPDATE 3.50PM: A GRASS fire that closed the Bruce Hwy for about 15 minutes is now under control.

According to police, traffic direction was engaged following the short closure of the highway south of Tannum Sands, and because there were already roadworks in the vicinity there was not a large impact on traffic flow.

A QFRS spokesperson said the fire was under control.

Ergon Energy are still at the scene.

EARLIER: A power pole has been knocked down, starting a grass fire on the Bruce Hwy 11km south of the Tannum turn-off.

Initial reports suggest machinery working on roadworks in the area may have hit the pole, causing a transformer to catch fire.

A power line is down near the highway, and the fire is burning on the eastern side.

One lane of the highway is open after being closed for a short time.

Police, fire service and Ergon Energy crews are on their way to the scene.

Traffic is starting to back up around the area.

More to come.