Blaze causes a highway hazard
POLICE investigations will continue into what started two separate fires within hundreds of metres of each other yesterday at Gladfield.
Each grass fire burned on both sides of the Cunningham Highway, with one on the Warwick side of the Driver Reviver and the other just past it on the Brisbane side - making a big job for fire fighting crews.
Warwick police would not confirm or deny if there were potentially suspicious circumstances.
A Queensland Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said the first triple zero assistance call was taken at 2.37pm yesterday.
She said the fire was under control in a short time with all but one of the trucks leaving by 5.18pm.
Warwick Fire Officer Syd Blank said two urban crews from Warwick, and rural crews from Freestone, Gladfield/Maryvale and Allora attended the blazes.
The Gladfield/Maryvale brigade's water tanker was also used to quell the flames which caused thick smoke to cover the highway.
"At the first stage of fire the flames were on both sides of the highway in two locations," Mr Blank said.
He said strong winds meant smoke from both sides of the highway combined, limiting driver visibility, yet drivers continued to creep through the smoke until all traffic was stopped.
Warwick Police Sergeant Shane Reid said delays were experienced in both directions.
"Traffic was stopped periodically due to thick smoke over the highway and reduced visibility to the motorists," he said.
"It was reopened at 4.05pm but was stopped periodically between 3pm and 4pm."
Driver Reviver volunteer Lindsay Mills said he was on his way to man the rest stop when he saw the smoke from a distance.
"We could see it on both sides of the highway," he said.
"It was as thick as anything, you couldn't see through it and you had to slow right down."