ON THE GROUND: Ballandean firey Jason Nash captured this image on the front line in Ballandean yesterday.
ON THE GROUND: Ballandean firey Jason Nash captured this image on the front line in Ballandean yesterday. Jason Nash

'We were expecting catastrophe': Ballandean update

FIREY'S say they managed to avert disaster when a fire took off in Ballandean yesterday afternoon.

A bushfire continues to burn in an area between Rees Road and Eukey Road, Ballandean.

Properties are not under direct threat at this time. 

Firefighters are working to strengthen containment lines with efforts focussed around properties along Rees Road and Eukey Road.

"Crews will remain on scene throughout the day,” a Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesperson said.

"Residents who have left can now return home, however caution should be used as there may be hazards in the area.

"The Girraween National Park is currently closed to the public due to this bushfire.”

On the ground and Ballandean firefighter Graham Parker said they were expecting the worst when they got the call out.

"Thought it'd be a lot worse than it was.

"It was bad, don't get me wrong, it was still really bad but it wasn't catastrophic and we were expecting catastrophic.

"With that wind and the conditions, fire running up the hill through all that timber we were expecting so much worse.”

Mr Parker said they managed to get it within containment lines last night

"Where we sort of knew it would come to it went to. Did what we expected it to do basically.

"The cold night was a big help. Bit milder winds today as well and better weather conditions so its not so bad right now.

"We still have lots of crews out here.

"We're trying to get in front of it and get around it so that we can hopefully contain it and all go home.”

They received air support from planes and helicopters yesterday and will have five fixed wing planes helping today.

After the terrible fires in February and March, coupled with this one, Mr Parker said the fireys are worried about the weeks and months ahead.

"Absolutely we are.

"It's dry - we just need rain.

"We have concerns but just one of those things that we'll deal with as it presents itself,” he said.

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