The smoke from a fire burning well east of Warwick and Stanthorpe
The smoke from a fire burning well east of Warwick and Stanthorpe John Towells

Vegetation fire east of Warwick still burning

UPDATE 4pm Monday: The vegetation fire at Cullendore on the Queensland/New South Wales border was still burning at 4pm Monday.

Six Queensland Fire and Emergency Service units from Warwick, Wildash, Massie and Dalveen were on scene late Monday for more back burning inside breaks. They arrived on scene early Monday morning.

The fire is still not totally contained inside breaks.

There were nine fire brigade units at the fire to 1am Monday as back burning took place for half the night.

UPDATE 8pm Sunday: While some Rural Fire Brigade units were being sent home around 8pm, a spokeswoman for the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service said the fire was still burning.

It is believed no structures have been lost in the fire.

The heritack chopper from the New South Wales Rural Fire Service which was on scene on Sunday is not used at night but may be used again on Monday if needed.

UPDATE 5.30pm Sunday: A New South Wales Rural Fire Service medium-sized chopper has been filling up from a dam on Cherrabah Resort at Elbow Valley to fight a fire in the Cullendore area south east of Warwick.

NSW RFS media spokesman James Morris said the chopper on the scene of the Cullendore fire was known as the helitack.

"It was used to do a mapping run of the fire and has been picking up water at Cherrabah Resort to fight the fire,” Mr Morris said.

"We also have four trucks from New South Wales on scene.”

He said the chopper would be stood down at last light this afternoon.

"We have agreements with other states for fires on borders and our chooper would have been dropping water on the fire and not following a border line.

"Our main priority would be protecting properties ahead of the fire.”

EARLIER: Ten Rural Fire Brigade units from the Southern Downs and an urban unit from Warwick are on scene at a fire at Cullendore, east of Warwick and Stanthorpe.

The fire was burning on Saturday in Tenterfield shire in New South Wales but only moved across the border into Queensland on Sunday.

At 3pm Sunday, the New South Wales Rural Fire Brigade stated 116 hectares of vegetation had been burnt.

A chopper has dropped water on the fire which is now burning near Cullendore Rd on each side of the border and near the Mt Lindesay Highway.

The fire is being jointly fought by fire fighters from the QFES and the New South Wales Rural Fire Brigade.

There was still one fire unit on the way to the fire at 4.50pm.


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