Fire crews contain raging Darling Downs bushfire

UPDATE: A RAGING bushfire has been brought under control in containment lines more than 24 hours after it ignited.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews have been fighting to control the large blaze near Tara since just after noon Tuesday.

While it has posed no threat to homes in the area around Mary Rd, Wains Rd and Robbos Rd, the fire has caused concerns for crews.

Six fire crews continue to work with Western Downs Regional Council workers to strengthen containment lines around the fire.

They will remain at the fire front throughout the afternoon.

Residents around the fire area are urged to be vigilant and call Triple 0 if they believe their property comes under threat.

8AM: EIGHT fire crews are fighting to contain a large bushfire burning near Tara on the Darling Downs.

Three additional crews have been brought in this morning to bolster the five that fought the fire which broke out near Mary Rd, Wains Rd and Robbos Rd just after noon yesterday.

Western Downs council crews will assist firefighters to clear fire breaks to contain the fire, and will co-ordinate aerial reconnaissance throughout the day.

While the fire poses no risk to homes, residents in the area may be affected by a large smoke haze throughout the day.

They are advised to close windows and doors, and keep medication on hand if they suffer from respiratory illnesses.

Motorists are reminded to drive to the conditions.

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises residents they should be:

  • Putting on protective clothing;
  • Drinking lots of water;
  • Moving car/s to a safe location;
  • Closing windows and doors and shutting blinds;
  • Bringing pets inside, restraining them (leash, cage or secure room) and providing water;
  • Wetting down fine fuels close to buildings;
  • Removing garden furniture, doormats and other items;
  • Sealing all gaps under doors and screens;
  • Filling containers with water - eg bath, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins;
  • Having ladders ready for roof space access (inside) and against roof (outside);
  • Having a generator or petrol powered pump ready; and
  • Checking and patrolling outside for embers, extinguishing any spot fires and seeking shelter as the fire front arrives.

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