Rubbish is on fire at the Qunaba Waste Facility.
Rubbish is on fire at the Qunaba Waste Facility. Mike Richards

UPDATE: Rubbish dump fire put out

4pm | A SECTION of waste, about 20m x 20m, was put out by fireys about 7.40am today.

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said four crews responded to the incident about 6am.

Despite being extinguished soon after it caught fire, the spokeswoman said the waste would continue to smolder over the next few days.

It was left in the hands of management.


6am | A BLAZE is burning at the Qunaba Waste Management Facility this morning, causing the tip to close for the day.

A Bundaberg Regional Council spokesperson said it was believed the fire self-combusted about 5am.

Fire crews have managed to contain the blaze but it is still burning beneath mounts of rubbish.

A Firies spokesman said crews were using an excavator to get to the blaze and were extinguishing the rubbish in sections as they became accessible.

"The fire poses no threat to people or neighbouring properties, however authorities are concerned that smoke emissions may be unsafe," the spokesperson said.

Nearby residents are urged to keep their doors and windows closed.