FAR FROM OVER: Brigades battle the blaze long after the motorists have been evacuated. Picture: QFES.
FAR FROM OVER: Brigades battle the blaze long after the motorists have been evacuated. Picture: QFES.

Truckies feel the heat during costly highway closures

A BRUTAL blaze is burning through the pockets of Warwick truckies after the Cunningham Highway closed in both directions.

The fire, which began at Clumber on November 5, has since spread across the Main Range and on to the popular route connecting Warwick to Brisbane.

The closure, which spans from the Fishers Park truck stop in Tregony to Lake Moogerah Rd near Aratula, forced local freight companies to find lengthy alternative routes.

But Wickham Freight Lines logistics manager Jeff Miller said it wasn't only the Cunningham Highway diversions that were adding to the additional driving hours and wages, but also the New England and Pacific Highway closures.

"It's affecting us greatly," Mr Miller told the Warwick Daily News.

But he said the costs meant nothing when their drivers' safety was at risk and said they'd been fortunate no one had been caught in a fire.

It is unknown when the highway will reopen as unpredictable fire plagues the region.

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