Small fire extinguished in matter of minutes

Update: IT took firefighters just a couple of minutes to extinguish a small fire at Crowley Vale this morning.

Crews were alerted before 8.30am to a pile of weeds burning at Crowley Vale.

The property owner said it was a two-metre pile of weeds in the middle of a ploughed paddock, that was nowhere near scrub land or the creek.

"There was no threat to motorist and no threat to the road," the owner said.

While this time the firefighters had the small fire under control quickly, it serves as a reminder to the region about the fire danger posed today.

A local fire ban was issued earlier on Tuesday in the Lockyer Valley, Somerset, Ipswich, Scenic Rim, Logan and Gold Coast areas after the drought index peaked even higher than this time last year.

Read More: Hot, dry conditions herald total fire ban in region

West Moreton Chief Fire Warden and Area Director Paul Storrs said in addition to the ban, fire permits had been restricted as of August 20.

The total fire ban remains in place until midnight tonight.

"That's going to be in place for some time - so nobody is allowed to get a permit and light stacks in their back yards, they can't do hazard reduction, they can't do big landscape fires," he said.

EARLIER: QFES crews are working to contain a fire that broke out at Crowley Vale early this morning.

The fire is located near Jew Road and Harm Road.

At least four crews are already on the scene, with more trucks on the way.

Smoke may affect Crowley Vale and surrounds, but there is no threat to property at this time.

Residents are advised to close windows and doors, and motorists should drive with caution.

If residents are concerned their property is under threat they are advised to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.


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