Queensland fire units called in to fight major fire
TWO Rural Fire Brigade units from Queensland are now fighting two fires in the Bookoo Koora State Forest, east of the Southern Downs Regional Council area.
Areas close to the fire include Undercliffe near Liston and Rivertree.
A spokeswoman for the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service said at 3pm Sunday that the NSW Rural Fire Service had requested assistance from two Queensland brigades.
Rural fire units from Sugarloaf and Ballandean brigades in Queensland were called in at 2pm.
This is the second time in eight days the NSW Rural Fire Service has called for help from Queensland brigades after fires have started in New South Wales.
A media spokesman for the NSW Rural Fire Service said it was believed the current fire started from the spark of a bulldozer hitting a rock around 3.30pm Saturday.
"The fire burnt 20 hectares of inaccessible country on Saturday,” he said.
"On Sunday, the fire breached the Plumbago Trail and was heading in a north-easterly direction towards the intersection of Rivertree and Bonner roads.”
At 3pm, the area of grass burnt was 193ha.
Five crews and a group officer from New South Wales are on scene together with the two Queensland crews.
"There has been no call for help from a NSW chopper,” a NSW Rural Fire Service spokesman said.
Anyone who sees smoke from the Cullendore/Elbow Valley areas should not be immediately alarmed as the fire which started eight days ago on the NSW side of the border and burnt into Queensland is still burning within containment lines.
Both NSW and Queensland authorities confirmed the Cullendore/Elbow Valley fire was within containment lines.