Fire warning: Smoke covers city skyline
LOW FIRE RISK? That’s what the sign indicates out on the Barkly Highway near Breakaway where the smoke billowed. – Picture: BRAD THOMPSON/5683BLACK smoke hung over Mount Isa for most of yesterday as a large grassfire burned south-east of Mount Isa on inaccessible land.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service area commander Ross Mutzelburg said the fire started Sunday night, at about 10pm between Duchess Road and Breakaway.
“It is burning well, but it is inaccessible, and no homes or buildings are threatened at the moment, so we are monitoring it,” Mr Mutzelburg said.
He said the fire was burning safely within containment lines and there was no threat to property.
Mr Mutzelburg said at one point late yesterday morning the fire was burning towards Breakaway.
“It’s moving around and we had wind gusts of 44 kilometres an hour at one stage, but the wind is going to come from the east tomorrow which will push the fire back to where it’s already burnt, and the wind will drop to eight kilometres an hour.”
The Department of Community Safety said residents of Mount Isa and surrounding areas would notice large amounts of smoke and those who suffered from or were susceptible to respiratory illness were advised to remain indoors and keep their doors and windows shut.
Motorists travelling along the Barkly Highway were urged to drive to conditions.
n LOW FIRE RISK? That’s what the sign indicates out on the Barkly Highway near Breakaway where the smoke billowed. – Picture: BRAD THOMPSON/5683
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