Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, including Rural Fire Service crews, are working to contain a fire burning in the Cathu State Forest. Picture: Zizi Averill
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, including Rural Fire Service crews, are working to contain a fire burning in the Cathu State Forest. Picture: Zizi Averill

Water bomber called to fight Cathu State Forest blaze

UPDATE FRIDAY 12.10PM: A Firebird waterbombing plane has been deployed to help fight the bushfire within Cathu State Forest.

The fire has been burning at Cathu Cauley Rd in Bloomsbury since Monday.

A Queensland Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said the firebird arrived on scene about 7.30am and was now doing “back and forth” water drops.

Five firefighting crews are also working on the ground including rural units.

“(Firefighters) patrolled all day yesterday, put in containment lines with a dozer and a backburn section last night,” the QFES spokeswoman said.

“(Today), they’ll have some more light attack vehicles and dozers to control (the fire) and mop up.

“They said they may need to backburn again tonight.”

A QFES status update said smoke may be affecting residents and motorists in the area.

“Residents should close their doors and windows and keep medication close by if suffering from a respiratory condition,” the update said.

“Motorists should use caution and drive to conditions.”

If you believe your property is under threat, phone Triple-0 immediately.

EARLIER THURSDAY 6PM: EMERGENCY crews are still trying to contain a blaze within the Cathu State Forest that has been burning since Monday.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Service spokeswoman said the bushfire was at Cathu Cauley Rd in Bloomsbury.

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“There’s four crews on scene at the moment,” the spokeswoman said.

“(The fire’s) currently burning in various containment locations.

“It’s burning in steep inaccessible country.

A view of Cathu State Forest from a lookout. Picture: File.
A view of Cathu State Forest from a lookout. Picture: File.

“HQ Plantations are monitoring it and mopping it as (the fire) comes down to the firebreak.”

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The QFES spokeswoman said another crew was on its way to help the Midge Point, Habana and Conway Beach Rural Fire units.

“Smoke may affect residents and motorists in the area,” a status update from QFES advised. “Residents should close their doors and windows and keep medication close by if suffering from a respiratory condition.

“Motorists should use caution and drive to conditions.”

If you believe your property is under threat, phone Triple-0 immediately.


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