Awoonga Dam Road fire, pictured from Awoonga Dam Road.
Awoonga Dam Road fire, pictured from Awoonga Dam Road. Luka Kauzlaric

Twenty crews on site as fire continues to blaze at Benaraby

UPDATE 1.30PM: More than 50 firefighters are still battling a blaze that started on the Awoonga Dam Rd on Monday.

Rural Fire Service Rockhampton acting area director Tony Stroud said the fire front stretched for 2km, and was behind containment lines.

But it's still not under control. 

"We're broadening those containment lines with a grader," Mr Stroud said.

"Twenty vehicles on scene, and once those lines are broadened, we'll be doing some back burning to ensure the fire doesn't get out from behind those containment lines."

The fire has burnt through more than 1000 hectares of mainly private property.

"There's no losses of public property. All of our machinery is well contained," Mr Stroud said.

He said the crews would continue to work until the fire was totally contained.

Local property owners and the Gladstone Area Water Board are working with the effort to contain the fire.

The fire is causing a large amount of smoke. Residents with respiratory illnesses are advised to keep their windows and doors closed and medication close by.

Motorists are asked to be aware of firefighters working in the area and drive with caution.

Earlier: Firefighters are working to contain an out-of-control fire threatening thousands of acres of grazing land in Benaraby.

Thirteen Queensland Fire and Rescue Service units were battling the fast-moving fire late Monday afternoon, after it started in grass on Awoonga Dam Rd about 2pm.

The fire was moving south-west towards Calliope, and there were concerns it could head into the township of Calliope if it jumped fire breaks.

Fire crews left the front at midnight, but a spokeswoman for Queensland Fire and Rescue Service said strike crews had travelled back to the blaze at 7am on Tuesday.

The fire is still burning out of control on private land.

Boyne Island Fire Station captain Greg Chandler said crews had initially back-burned along Awoonga Dam Rd, before moving to protect properties.

On Monday night the fire was burning on the Mann property in Benaraby, and a QFRS plane was monitoring its movement.

Next door, property owner Matt Turich was preparing to protect boundaries.

"We've got firebreaks set up at our place, but we're getting some more gear and manning our boundary now," Mr Turich said.

He said if the fire jumped firebreaks, he feared the worst.

"Considering how dry it is out there, (the fire) would take out thousands of acres.

"We haven't had rain for seven or eight months... if the wind continues the way, we'll be pushing uphill, definitely."

Mr Turich said the terrain where the fire started posed a big risk.

"It's all ironbark, spotted gum forest country, so it's quite heavily timbered," he said.

The blaze was first reported burning across the road from the Awoonga Dam Rd estate.

Awoonga Dam Caravan Park residents were also put on alert.

Captain Chandler warned that in current conditions, operating heavy machinery could be a fire risk.