Boyne-Tannum Grade 2 fire-fighter Eddy O'Brien carrying out back burning operations along Tannum Sands Rd on Monday.
Boyne-Tannum Grade 2 fire-fighter Eddy O'Brien carrying out back burning operations along Tannum Sands Rd on Monday. Mike Richards GLA170314FIRE

Tannum Sands fire blazed its way through over 1500ha

A FIRE burning near Broadacres Dr and Yacht Rd, Tannum Sands, has blazed its way through more than 1500ha, as fire-fighters worked on Monday on back burns to protect homes on the fringes of Tannum Sands.

Four crews were in attendance Monday morning, a mix of urban and rural units, to provide protection to the Bruce Hwy and to ensure the Boral Cement quarry site at Tannum Sands was not under threat from a fire which had been burning since late Friday afternoon.

So far, it's burned approximately one-and-a-half thousand hectares of bushland.

Boyne Island Auxiliary Unit Captain Greg Chandler said favourable wind conditions on Sunday and Monday had helped crews combat the large vegetation fire, which had been contained earlier on Monday, despite a late flare-up which crews attended to ensure there was no threat to people or property.

"Weather conditions have eased off for us today. The first two days we had quite a bit of wind in the area, but the last two, this is the fourth day today (Monday), the wind conditions are to our liking," Capt Chandler said.

While the cause of the fire remains unknown, crews were vigilant during their operation yesterday morning, as the fire approached major break lines.

"So far, it's burned approximately one-and-a-half thousand hectares of bushland," Capt Chandler said.

"(We're protecting) structures in the quarry and outlying houses around Broadacres Dr and Tannum Sands Rd."

Fire facts:

  • Eight rural fire crews battled the fire on Sunday, four remained working on Monday.
  • Fire has burned over approx 1500ha of bushland.

 

 

Thursday 1pm: Four crews are conducting backburning operations along Tannum Sands Rd after a fire which started on Friday afternoon near Broadacres Dr had burned through more than 1500 hectares.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service officers from Boyne-Tannum as well as rural crews from Tannum Sands and Mt Maurice worked throughout the weekend.

They were back on scene again on Monday morning to protect the Boral Quarries site, as well as the Bruce Hwy.

Police officers are at the scene to help assist motorists with the smoke hazard created by backburning efforts.

The cause of the fire is yet to be determined.

Fire crews are conducting backburning operations to control a 1500ha fire at Tannum Sands.
Fire crews are conducting backburning operations to control a 1500ha fire at Tannum Sands. Mike Richards GLA170314FIRE

Earlier: A fire burning in vegetation around Tannum Sands since Friday afternoon had crossed about 200ha over the weekend, but poses no threat to property.

Eight Rural Fire Service Queensland crews continued to work to contain the large fire in the vicinity of Tannum Sands Rd at Broadacres Estate and Pacific Ranch Estate on Sunday afternoon.

A new fire break is being established nearer the Bruce Highway, which will affect visibility.

Delays in travel may occur due to roads being closed at times because of heavy smoke hazards.

Residents in Broadacres Drive, Yacht Road, Plimsoll Court and Tannum Sands Road are having to endure thick smoke.

Motorists are advised to be mindful of emergency services workers in the area, and to drive to conditions.

Residents in the area with respiratory conditions are advised to close their doors and windows and keep medication handy.