Grey storm clouds are hanging over Stanthorpe this afternoon.
Grey storm clouds are hanging over Stanthorpe this afternoon. Matthew Purcell

Lightning starts up three new fires

UPDATE:

ALL three fires that started up this afternoon have been quickly doused.

Crews still remain at the scene of the Diamondvale Rd blaze but QFES advise the fire is now contained and there's no threat to property.

A QFES spokesman said machinery was brought in to help firefighters create fire breaks.

The reported blaze at Eukey Rd turned out to be nothing but smoke without fire.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said they received a report that lightning had struck a tree and commenced a fire.

Upon further investigation nothing of concern was located.

It took two crews just under 30 minutes to get on top of the fire at Hannigans Ln according to QFES.

The one urban and one rural crew has since left the scene.

EARLIER:

MOTHER nature is proving to be Stanthorpe's worst enemy.

What looked like a chance of rain this afternoon quickly dissipated but brought with it some thunder and lightning.

Several lightning strikes have started at least two fires with the first call coming in at 3.24pm.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Service spokesman said six crews have been deployed to vegetation fires at Hannigan Ln, Mt Tully, as well as Diamondvale Rd and one at Eukey Rd, near Storm King Dam.

The spokesman said lightning is responsible for both the Hannigan Ln and Eukey Rd fires.

Jess Gardner from the Bureau of Meteorology said with little rain predicted, dry lightning is a concern.

"Because we're not expecting much rainfall dry lightning is definitely a risk. Obviously it carries the possibility of starting new fires.

"It makes conditions quite difficult for people fighting fires too.

"There's a possibility of seeing a bit more rainfall and the possibility of more storms this afternoon.

"We're not expecting great rainfall but there's a chance of fairly gusty winds and the the possibility for damaging winds.

Ms Gardner said the system is expected to move offshore overnight with no rainfall predicted for tomorrow.