Fire crews are battling a large bushfire south of Ripley.
Fire crews are battling a large bushfire south of Ripley. Terry Royan (For publication only in QT)

Fire crews and water bombers in race to extinguish bushfire

FIREFIGHTERS are battling a large bushfire south of Ripley.

The fire, which started about 10am Friday, has covered more than 180 hectares, spurred on by dry west-north-westerly winds.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service training and support officer Kaye Healing said the fire had threatened two homes, however firefighters were able to contain the blaze before any damage was done.

"We are now working to keep the fire out of the White Rock environmental park," Ms Healing said. "We've got two water bombing choppers and an observer chopper in the air."

Firefighters are concerned about the possibility of a strong easterly change, predicted to arrive 5pm.

"If we don't get it tied in before then, it could threaten homes on Ripley Rd," Ms Healing said.

Firefighters are likely to remain in the area well into the night, controlling the fire and conducting back burning operations.



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