FILE PHOTO: Hampton Rural Fire Service officers are working to contain a large fire east of Hampton.
FILE PHOTO: Hampton Rural Fire Service officers are working to contain a large fire east of Hampton.

How the Hampton fire broke its containment line

RURAL fire fighters worked through the night to contain a bushfire burning east of Hampton only to have their hard work undone by strong wind gusts that whipped up an ember storm.

Hampton Rural Fire Service first officer Andrew Kahler said the fire broke containment lines at about 6.30am.

"We had an ember storm come through that started multiple fires nearly half a kilometre away from the main fire, heading east," he said

"The wind here is disgusting."

The fire threatens a number of rural homes in the Hampton area but Mr Kahler is confident his men will be able to control the situation.

"We have a lot of crews here to protect them," he said.

"There are 45 fellas on the ground and we have got earth moving gear running around the fire.

"We are keeping it stable," he said.

The fire is moving east from Grapetree Rd towards Deeth Rd, Sewell Rd, Bush Rd and Misty Mountain Rd. It is likely to impact these roads in the coming hours.

Mr Kahler said it was heading away from the Pechey State Forest, but a wind change expect later today could put it in danger.

"The fire currently is in very heavy natural vegetation and would be pushing close to 180 -200 hectares burnt," Mr Kahler said.

"It is burning 20-foot high lantana and it is in some really crappy hard to reach country but there is three bombers bombing the area."