Heffley Louis Creek Road Fire under control

A plane drops water on the flames on July 26. Photo SPIN.

The Heffley Louis Creek Road fire near Whitecroft has now been brought under control. On Sunday 13 firefighters were on the scene supported by three water tender (tankers).

Despite not growing past 1.8 hectares for a number of days, the fire was considered out of control.

Fire information officer Jody Lucius said a fire can be out of control despite staying the same size if a guard hasn’t been established on the perimeter.

“Even though it isn’t growing if the wind were to shift or weather changed it could grow,” she explained.

Crews were challenged by steep and heavily timbered terrain in the area.

The fire is believed to be caused by lightning. Even though it was first reported on a sunny day Lucius said lightning strikes from cooler days can smolder in trees or root systems for some time before hot, dry weather can create heat that starts the fire.

No structures were threatened during the fire.