Killaloe fire under control but inaccessible to firefighters


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The fire in Killaloe has been burning since Monday morning. Image: Supplied.

A bushfire that has been burning for a few days between Port Douglas and Mossman is posing no threat to houses or property and emergency services are closely monitoring the situation.

The fire first started in the early hours of Monday morning at the top of a mountain ridge in Killaloe but due to the inaccessible nature of the bush, firefighters were not able to put it out.

Since then, firefighting crews have been keeping an eye on the fire and containing where they can.

Mossman Fire Station Auxiliary Captain, Melissa Collins, said crews have the blaze under control and will continue to extinguish it where they can.

“We are monitoring it and while it’s inaccessible so far, some of the fire-front has reached the headland this afternoon," she said.

“We are extinguishing where we can get to it but there is no threat to houses or property at this stage.

“There are two or three fronts we are monitoring and at this time it’s under control but it depends on the weather conditions.

“We are not overly concerned it’s going to damage property but situations can change really quickly.”

Drivers on the Captain Cook Highway between Port Douglas and Mossman are urged to keep their eyes on the road when driving past the fire.

“Don’t get distracted while driving and be mindful of the smoke,” Captain Collins said.

“If people see flames and are concerned, call triple zero but the fire is contained and until we can gain access on the headland it will continue to send up smoke.

“We ask people to pull off somewhere safe if the want to have a look but be mindful of trespassing on private property.”

Captain Collins also said there are a handful of cane paddocks being burnt in the area as well so the bushfire is not the only fire contributing to the smoky atmosphere today.

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