PICTURES: Rural fire crews battle blaze at Mia Mia – Australia News

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FIRE crews battled a “large fire” on a property in the Pioneer Valley overnight.

It is understood the blaze started at the Mia Mia property after it was accidentally lit by a landowner clearing away rubbish on their property.

A gust of wind blew burning embers into long grass, and in a short matter of time a large bushfire was burning out of control and threatening neighbouring properties.

Volunteer Rural Fire Service crews from all over the Pioneer Valley attended and fought the fire for a number of hours and were helped by crews from Mackay.

One property owner was treated by paramedics for a for a small burn to his arm and smoke inhalation.

Police also attended the blaze as a precaution to ensure the safety of neighbouring residents and to conduct traffic control and investigate the fire.

Senior Constable James Dolby reminded residents bushfire season is well in truly upon us, as number of fires reported over the last couple of weeks.

“Bushfires can be large, spread quickly and become very dangerous, especially for the fire crews fighting the fire,” he said.

“If you see Rural Fire Service trucks and personal working either on or beside the road, slow down and be sure to give them plenty of room to do what they do best.

“Most importantly, follow all the instructions that are given to you.”

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