A Queensland Fire and Emergency Service alert said the blaze was to the east of Blue Mountain Road and south of Peak Downs Highway. Picture: Zizi Averill
A Queensland Fire and Emergency Service alert said the blaze was to the east of Blue Mountain Road and south of Peak Downs Highway. Picture: Zizi Averill

Multiple fire crews still battle to contain bushfire

UPDATE, 5.45PM: Rural firefighters are still battling to contain a large bushfire which threatened to break away into a state forest this afternoon. 

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said three brigades and a water bomber were still working to contain the blaze at Blue Mountain, south west of Mackay. 

She said the fire remains pinned east of Blue Mountain Rd and south of the Peak Downs Highway.  

"They're trying to contain it so it doesn't go into the state forest," she said. 

"Crews are assisting mopping up and dampening down edges."

As the firefighting effort reached its third hour since a bushfire notice was issued, more brigades have been tasked to the mission.

She said two brigades from Mirani and Habana have been called in to back up the crews from Blue Mountain, Eton and Victoria Plains brigades. 

She said no properties were under threat, however given the size of the fire it was likely smoke would be impacting motorists on the  Peak Downs Highway.  

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Service alert said the blaze was to the east of Blue Mountain Road and south of Peak Downs Highway. Picture: Zizi Averill
A Queensland Fire and Emergency Service alert said the blaze was to the east of Blue Mountain Road and south of Peak Downs Highway. Picture: Zizi Averill

INITIAL: WATER bombers have been called in as firefighters battle against a large bushfire raging at Blue Mountain, southwest of Mackay.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Service alert said the blaze was to the east of Blue Mountain Rd and south of the Peak Downs Highway.

A bushfire warning for surrounding residents and motorists was sent at 2.45pm.

"The fire is posing no threat to property at this time," it said.

"(But) smoke is affecting the area.

"Nearby residents are asked to close windows and doors and if suffering from a respiratory condition, keep medications close by."

Motorists have been warned to be cautious as smoke may be impacting visibility on the roads.

QFES said if residents were concerned their property was under threat they should call triple-0 immediately.

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