Crews are battling a grass fire which started at Philps road, Grantham. September 13, 2018.
Crews are battling a grass fire which started at Philps road, Grantham. September 13, 2018. Meg Bolton

Warrego Hwy west-bound lanes re-opened

UPDATE: The status of the Grantham fire has been downgraded to "alert".

Crews are continuing to backburn along the Warrego Hwy and the west-bound lanes presently remain closed.

QFES advises there are no properties under threat at this time, but advise residents to monitor alerts via the Rural Fire Service website, radio and social media pages.

EARLIER 5.15pm: A watch-and-act alert remains in place for the Grantham fire, and emergency services say it could get worse.

At 5.15pm (Thursday) the fire was travelling from Philps Rd, Grantham, towards the Warrego Hwy, and Bowtells Rd, Grantham.

Firefighters are presently undertaking backburning measures to prevent the fire crossing the Warrego Hwy.

Containment operations have prevented the fire impacting Bowtells Rd.

Both lanes of the Warrego Hwy remain closed.

Emergency services work to control a fire at Grantham.
Emergency services work to control a fire at Grantham. Clinton Williams

QFES advises listening to local radio and checking the Rural Fire Service website for regular updates.

If you have a bushfire plan, finalise it now and be ready to use it, as well as advising family and friends of your plan.

Aerial support was called in to provide water bombing assistance.

EARLIER4.30pm: The fire at Grantham has burnt through 123 hectares of grassland as it continues to burn out of control.

More than 16 crews are on scene battling the blaze.

A QFES spokesperson said aerial support was initially requested, but was presently not in use.

The spokesperson said the fire had not caused damage to any homes, but a watch-and-act alert was in place.

Trucks wait as a fire burns out of control in Grantham. Photo courtesy of Clinton Williams.
Trucks wait as a fire burns out of control in Grantham. Photo courtesy of Clinton Williams. Clinton Williams

EARLIER 3.15pm: Residents near Grantham have been issued a watch-and-act alert, and are advised to be ready to activate their bushfire survival plan.

QFES advises the bushfire conditions could worsen as crews work to contain the fire.

At 3.50pm the fire was travelling from Philips Road, Grantham, toward the Warrego Hwy and Bowtells Rd, Grantham.

In a statement by QFES it was advised firefighters may not be able to protect every property, and residents should not expect a firefighter at their front door.

EARLIER 3pm: The Warrego Highway is closed in both directions due to a grass fire at Grantham.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services are on scene along with police.

Drivers are urged to avoid the area if possible.

The fire has burnt through more than 50 acres. 

Air support has been requested by emergency services for observation and possible water bombing if required.

Crews are battling a grass fire which started at Philps road, Grantham. September 13, 2018.
Crews are battling a grass fire which started at Philps road, Grantham. September 13, 2018. Meg Bolton

THURSDAY, 2PM: Seven crews are presently at a grass fire in a 10-acre paddock on Philips Road, Grantham.

The fire was reported to emergency services at 1.34pm with the first first crews on scene at 1.50pm.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesperson said that currently there was no threat to infrastructure.

Crews are battling a grass fire which started at Philps road, Grantham. September 13, 2018.
Crews are battling a grass fire which started at Philps road, Grantham. September 13, 2018. Meg Bolton
Crews are battling a grass fire which started at Philps road, Grantham. September 13, 2018.
Crews are battling a grass fire which started at Philps road, Grantham. September 13, 2018. Meg Bolton

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