Firefighters extinguish two fires at Palen Creek as the Kooralbyn fire still burns

FIRE: Rural firefighters at the Kooralbyn staging area. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
FIRE: Rural firefighters at the Kooralbyn staging area. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

UPDATE: 7.45pm

A GRASS fire burning near Black Gully Road at Palen Creek has been extinguished and after firefighters completed mopping up and backburning the property has been left in the hands of the landowner.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency spokeswoman said a second fire near Back Creek Road had broken out and firefighters had now left the scene and would return in the morning to check the area.

Meanwhile the large bushfire burning near Kooralbyn is still active, the spokeswoman said.

At 5pm crews on the ground reported minimal fire activity with about 20 hectares still burning in one section of the fire ground.

The spokeswoman said a crew would remain at the scene overnight and operations would resume at 8am.

There was no threat to any structures at Kooralbyn.


QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services has responded to reports of a vegetation fire at Palen Creek this afternoon.

A QFES spokeswoman said 13 crews were currently in attendance trying to put out the fire.

Meanwhile 32 kilometres north of Palen Creek, firefighters are still battling a bushfire burning between Allandale and Kooralbyn since last Sunday.

The QFES spokeswoman said firefighters had conducted more water bombing and aerial mapping today while ground crews continued to patrol the area and monitor the fire.

She said the fire was still a significant issue given the hilly terrain and increased winds but no houses were currently under threat.

As predicted earlier in the week, temperatures today reached the low 30s with windy periods at Kooralbyn.

Bureau of Meteorology weather forecaster Rosa Hoff said tomorrow would deliver a high of about 33 degrees across the region.

"There is the slight chance of a shower hanging around tonight but it is likely to be fairly light," she said.

"Winds have been NNW at 15 to 20km/h tending towards NNE by tomorrow morning, which may see faster winds of 20 to 30km/h.

"There is the chance of a thunderstorm in the evening, which may also bring showers."