Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Helicopters Called in to Water-Bomb Massive Blaze

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Helicopters Called in to Water-Bomb Massive Blaze

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Byline: Averyll Loft

WATER-BOMBING choppers and firefighters worked together to tackle flames up to 20 metres high during a raging bushfire on Boonooroo Road yesterday.

Emergency crews were called to the blaze about noon. By 2pm they were almost considering evacuating the Tuan Sawmill as strong winds pushed the inferno closer and closer to the Maaroom and Boonooroo townships.

More than 400 hectares of bushland and forestry were wiped out by the time crews managed to get the fire under control at sunset.

"It started on the northern side of Boonooroo Road around midday," said Brian Dale from Queensland Fire and Rescue Rural Operations.

"From there it has jumped across the road to the Tuan Forestry.

"It travelled pretty quick, pushed by the northerly winds."

Those winds were expected to swing around the south-east last night. In preparation bulldozers were called in to prepare fire breaks around the edge of the fire.

Two water-bombing choppers - one with the capacity to carry 300 litres and the other able to carry 1000 litres - worked quickly to dump as much water as possible on the flames. …

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