Fallen powerlines spark Lockyer Valley grassfire

A grassfire ripped across an Iredale property in the Lockyer Valley this afternoon.
A grassfire ripped across an Iredale property in the Lockyer Valley this afternoon.

FALLEN powerlines have sparked a blaze which ripped though a Lockyer Valley rural property.

Strong winds and hot conditions helped to fuel the fire which started on a Back Flagstone Rd property at Iredale about 11.45am today.

Iredale Flagstone Rural Fire Brigade first officer Mark Vayro said the powerlines fell at two separate points to create two fire fronts.

"The rurals are traversing along the fire line on the flanks and trying to catch up to the fire but at this stage it is very hard with the breeze assisting the fire," Mr Vayro said.

He said the fire did not pose a threat to homes in the area but urban firefighting crews were on standby to protect them in case the situation changed.

"What we are trying to do is contain the fire between Back Flagstone Rd and Flagstone Ck Rd."

Meanwhile, water bombing aircraft were used today to bring a fire burning at Thargomindah in south-west Queensland under control.

Two pilots dropped water on the fire this morning, guided by a fire spotter plane also working in the area.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service acting superintendent of rural operations Col Neal said ground crews were mopping up after the aerial assistance.

"The aircraft are now on the ground at Thargomindah and will be returning to Charleville before tonight," Act. Supt Neal said.

He said coordination efforts were moved to the Anzac Ave Regional Operations Coordination Centre for the first time this year.

"The Bureau (of Meteorology) is still predicting dry storms in the south west and that is what we are worried about."

He said the possibility of lightning with little rain meant fires could pop up across the region.

Topics:  fire, grassfire, lockyer valley, powerlines, rural fire brigade



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