Large backburning operation in Hinterland tonight ahead of worsening conditions

Fire crews will conduct a large back burning operation in the Hinterland tonight as they prepare for worsening conditions over coming days.

A bushfire is still burning in inaccessible land at Lower Beechmont with QFES this afternoon issuing an Advice alert for the fire.

It is currently burning to the west of North Road, Freemans Road and Outlook Avenue.


QFES advises it is travelling in an easterly direction but is not likely to impact any properties, however residents should stay informed.

A number of crews will be on hand tonight for the backburning operation which is designed to strengthen the northern containment line.

Fire fighters are confident the forecast winds for tonight will push smoke away from residential areas, but residents should keep windows closed anyway.

Waterbombing aircraft have again been attacking the blaze today after it flared up this afternoon, while heavy machinery was brought in to help clear tracks.

Conditions are expected to deteriorate on Tuesday afternoon with temps in the low 30s expected along with strong winds.

But Wednesday is likely to see the worst of the conditions with hot and windy conditions ahead of a gusty southerly change.

The fire danger will be very high on Tuesday before increasing to severe on Wednesday.

Mayor Tom Tate was briefed on conditions during a meeting of the Disaster Management Group this morning, and has urged people to use commonsense.

“Avoid taking risks, don’t do any mowing or power tools, those sparks can set off a bush fire,” Mayor Tate said.

“I have to say QFES, the fire fighters, both professional and rural, are working very well to avert any damage to people and property.

“Right now, it’s looking like Wednesday is when conditions are going to be at their worst.”

We’re also being warned that conditions are expected to be difficult again later in the week.

“We will see some reprieve as we head past Wednesday so we’ll see fire dangers reducing, but as we head towards the weekend we will see a return to some severe fire conditions,” Senior forecaster Vince Rowlands said.

Temps will hit 30 again on Friday and 32 on Saturday with the chance of thunderstorms.

However those storms are expected to have little to no rain, with dry lightning strikes again increasing the fire threat.