7 Dec 2012

Queensland bushfire contained

10:31 am on 7 December 2012

A bushfire burning on the Western Downs in Queensland has been contained and a fire threat in the far north of the state has eased.

The fire is burning near Dalby and forced the evacuation of about a dozen rural properties on Thursday.

AAP reports fire crews spent Thursday night building containment lines after 21,000 hectares of forest and grassland was burned.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service acting superintendent Col Neal said crews had the fire contained and no homes were at risk.

"They're fairly confident that they'll be able to control this fire within containment lines now and we should be able to tidy this one up in the next few days," he told the ABC.

Meanwhile, the fire threat in the far north of Queensland has eased after rain. AAP reports that fires still burning in the region are under control.