Homes survive 40 hectare blaze
THE OWNERS of Golden Grove Estate are counting their blessings after a 40 hectare fire broke out on their property on Sunday without damaging any of the vineyard.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services were called to the Ballandean blaze around midday on Sunday and contained the fire by 3.44pm.
Eight rural units and four urban units attended the fire across the course of the afternoon, which spread over five properties from Costanzo Ln to Ricca Rd before crossing the road onto Golden Grove Estate.
The fire reached the door step of at least two houses, one which had flames go underneath the stilted property while miraculously not damaging the dwelling.
Golden Grove Estate owner Sam Costanzo was having lunch 500m down the road when the fire broke out.
"I saw huge flames up the top of our hill and I thought 'where did that come from? That was in our property,'” Mr Costanzo said.
"When I got to the entrance I saw that the fire had come from the western side, the dam wall was all burnt, I was in a bit of a panic then thinking 'Lord only knows how far into the vineyard this has gone.”
Mr Costanzo said he was extremely relieved to find the vineyards weren't damaged.
"If I'd had mulch under those vines they would have had no hope,” he said.
"It's clean under the road, and the grass is short in the middle of the road so the fire just burnt with low flames.
"Fires do happen, like (Sunday), it's much easier to get to them and control them if they're not going out to high blades.”
Pedro Curr from the Ballandean Rural Fire Brigade was one of the first people on the scene.
He said with the dry conditions the fire could have been a lot worse.
"Lucky there was a bit of a hill there, it goes up pretty fast but when it goes down it slows down so we were able to contain it,” he said.
"While the country's really dry, as soon as you get a spark and there's an ignition point the fire just goes mental.
"The wind doesn't help, it just goes haywire. The love grass is like a tinderbox.”
No homes were damaged by the fire and the cause is still unknown.