Fire in Queensland, rescue operations on
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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 13:01
Melbourne: Residents in Sydney and other major cities of Queensland were urged to leave homes as erratic high-speed winds sparked bushfires bringing them closer to populated areas.

The worst affected was Rockhampton in central Queensland where about hundred firefighters were battling flames up to four metres high which were threatening to burn down houses and vegetation.

Several other firefighters in Rockhampton in central Queensland were knocking doors to protect residents from a large bushfire.

It is moving toward homes that back onto bushland in the northern Rockhampton suburb of Norman Gardens and the wind in the area is erratic and blowing smoke and ash in all directions, according to an ABC report today.

Helicopters and planes are also dumping water on the fire.

Police have closed off the streets so emergency crews have clear access and are also door-knocking the area advising people to enact their fire plans.

A resident Jim Barry said: "I feel that we're fairly well prepared--probably our biggest risk is at the back where we have a creek there and there's a lot of vegetation," he said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 13:01

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