BOM says there is no end in sight for Scenic Rim fire risk conditions

REPRIEVE: Weather conditions have been kinder than expected, giving firefighters a temporary reprieve ahead of a risky weekend ahead. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
REPRIEVE: Weather conditions have been kinder than expected, giving firefighters a temporary reprieve ahead of a risky weekend ahead. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

FIREFIGHTERS battling Scenic Rim blazes across more than five fire fronts have been given a brief reprieve as weather conditions have been kinder than expected.

A spokeswoman for Queensland Fire and emergency Services said while the alert levels for all the fires had been downgraded, there was not time for complacency and the region was still in a state of fire emergency.

"Conditions may ease in some areas today but the fire danger remains very high for significant parts of the state," she said.

BOM meteorologist Jess Gardner said weather conditions across the Scenic Rim were likely to produce challenges for firefighters over the weekend, particularly on Sunday.

"There is a chance of thunderstorms today, tomorrow and Sunday, but for the Scenic Rim fire grounds most likely on Sunday," she said.

'We are not seeing any helpful amount of rain and there is the possibility of lightning, which could spark additional fires.

"We keep seeing these bursts of hot, dry westerly winds which could pick up again mid-next week and we are not seeing any lull for the region for some time."

This morning QFES advised that a fire was burning in inaccessible terrain on the eastern side of the Mount Lindesay Highway at Mount Lindesay.

Mount Lindesay Highway is closed south of Rathdowney

Mount Lindesay Highway is closed south of Rathdowney

As of 10.20am today no properties were at direct risk from this fire and QFES reported that fire crews were no longer required at this incident.

The Mount Lindsay Highway has been closed at the Queensland, New South Wales border and will remain closed until further notice.

A fire burning south of Binna Burra and Natural Bridge was burning within containment lines as of this morning and was also posing no threat.

Meanwhile fire crews this morning were monitoring and patrolling a bushfire burning between Woodenbong in northern New South Wales and Mount Barney.

There was no threat to property at this time but the Mount Lindesay Highway remained closed south of Rathdowney due to this fire.

A slow-moving bushfire, with multiple fronts, is burning in an inaccessible area of Mount Barney National Park along the Queensland and New South Wales border.

The fire is travelling in a north-easterly direction towards Barney View, Palen Creek and Upper Logan Road at Mount Barney.

Mount Barney National Park is currently closed and the Mount Lindesay Highway remains closed south of Rathdowney due to this fire.

There are no new updates for the slow-moving bushfire burning near Spicers Gap travelling in a southerly direction from Spicers Gap towards Spicers Peak Lodge.

On Thursday afternoon fire crews were still monitoring the blaze and working with heavy machinery to construct fire breaks.

The Cunningham Highway remains closed at Cunninghams Gap due to this fire.

No new developments reported since 5.25pm Thursday regarding an unpredictable Mount Alphen bushfire burning north of Spicers Gap Road and at Mount Mathieson.

At last report the fire was still moving north towards the Cunningham Highway, which remains closed between Lake Moogerah Road and the top of The Gap as a result of this fire.