Thursday, November 2, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Fire Closes Bruce Highway

A stray grassfire shut down the Bruce Highway near Gregory River, between Bowen and Proserpine last Saturday afternoon, leaving the region splintered for hours.

With Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) battling the blaze from midday on Saturday, all lanes on the Bruce Highway were closed until 9pm that evening.

According to a QFES spokeswoman, a total of five Queensland Fire and Emergency Services teams and 10 rural QRES teams attended the scene.

“The fire was fast moving, and police have determined that the fire was non-suspicious in cause,” the QFES spokeswoman said.

On Friday, October 27, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services conducted standard fire breaks, to help protect homes and properties. Later that day, police were notified of the grassfire on the Bruce Highway in the area, which was quickly brought under control.

At the time, this fire was deemed non-suspicious, and it is believed to have re-flared the flowing day, becoming the massive grassfire that closed the Bruce Highway Saturday.

There is currently a region wide fire ban, issued by QFES, with residents under instruction to not light any open fires, and that all Permits to Light Fires have been suspended, until Tuesday, 7 November, 11.59pm.

In the case of a bush fire, residents should revise their Bushfire Survival Plan, their Evacuation Kit, and prepare their property, by reducing vegetation around dwellings, clear gutters, remove flammable items away from the home, and ensure adequate space for fire trucks to access properties, in case of an emergency.

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