Air support called for suspected fire in state park
FIREFIGHTERS on the ground have called upon pilots to help identify a suspected fire in a remote section of the Cathu State Forest, 72km north of Mackay.
A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said crews received reports from private landholders of smoke coming from the forest at 3.30pm.
Due to its remote location, she said firefighters were co-ordinating with air-spotting pilots to identify where the blaze was burning and how serious the fire was.
“They’re putting the plane up to do a reconnaissance mission,” she said.
The Rural Fire Service bushfire map has warned motorists and residents in the area they may be affected by smoke from the vegetation fire.
This comes as two fire crews also attended a blaze in nearby Pinnacle.
The QFES spokeswoman said the crews were assisting with a permitted burn on Lucas Paddock Rd.