The fire threatens a home in Gilchrist Rd yesterday.
The fire threatens a home in Gilchrist Rd yesterday. Gerard Walsh

Homes under threat as fire rages

EIGHT fire units battled a fire threatening two homes in Gilchrist Rd, just north of Warwick, for an hour yesterday.

The fire started near Mullins Rd and headed west to an area with five homes.

Homeowner Carol Colenso was worried about her home and tanks close to the boundary fence.

An urban unit from Warwick stayed next to the house and put the fire out 10m from the boundary.

"The fire was quick and scary," Mrs Colenso said.

The front of the fire headed for Carla Hall's home but luckily she had an area with short grass for the 40m on the eastern side of her home.

"We would have lost our cow pen and chook pen except for the work of Peter Bradfield and his helper with a portable unit," Ms Hall said.

"It stopped when it hit the short grass. I could possibly have lost my home except for the short grass."

She warned fellow rural landholders of the need to have hoses ready for any fire threat.

"I only had one hose and the joiner kept coming off," Ms Hall said.

Fireman Michael Coombes said firefighters were lucky wind conditions were favourable.

"Access to the properties was good but harder with farm fences," he said.

"A resident (Paul Colenso) slashed fire breaks which really helped us contain it within the breaks," Mr Coombes said.

"If it doesn't rain, the fire danger will just worsen.

"People should consider slashing around homes."

The fire was contained just before 1pm by three urban appliances from Warwick and five rural units from Massie and District, Freestone and District and Gladfield/Maryvale.


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