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24/09/2009 Fire activity report as at 1.30pm

9/24/2009 7:43:31 AM

SOUTH EASTERN REGION
Oaky Scrub Road, Oaky Creek (west of Rathdowney) – grass fire
Fire crews have contained a grass fire off Oaky Scrub Road, Oaky Creek that started around 4.30am. The fire is now burning within containment lines. No homes are under threat at this stage.

Kherim Road, Murphys Creek (north-east of Toowoomba) – grass fire
Fire crews continue to work to contain a grass fire on Kherim Road, Murphys Creek that started around 7.30am. Firefighters are putting in containment lines and performing backburning. There is no threat to property.

SOUTH WEST REGION
Rettke Road – Swanfels (north-east of Warwick) – grass fire
Four fire crews remain on scene at a grass fire on Rettke Road, Swanfels that started around 6.30am. The fire is located within bushland area and there is no threat to structures.

NORTH COAST REGION
Ward Road, Malarga (south-west of Maryborough) – grass fire
Fire crews remain on scene at a grass fire off Ward Road, Malarga. The fire currently located south of Boompa Booubyian Road and containment lines are being established. The fire started around 9.40pm. There is believed to be no threat to property.

Diamond Hill Road, Monduran – grass fire
A grass fire off Diamond Hull Road, Monduran is continuing to burn within containment lines. The fire started around 6.30pm. Crews remain at the scene to monitor the situation.

Eldridge Road, Booyal (north of Gin Gin) – grass fire
Several fire crews remain on scene at a large grass fire off Eldridge Road, Booyal after it broke out around 7.30pm. A house and shed were destroyed in the fire. Five fire crews and a strike team were deployed to the scene this morning. A helicopter has also been tasked to the scene for observation and water bombing. This fire still has the potential to burn towards state forest area. There is believed to be no further threat to structures.

Bright Street, Maryborough
Fire crews in conjunction with the Department of Natural Resources have brought under control a grass fire off Bright Street, Maryborough. Firefighters worked to protect structures within the industrial area including an animal refuge that was intially under threat. The fire started just after midday.

Daguilar Highway, Blackbutt
Several fire crews are working to contain 100 hectares of grassland located near a forestry area approximately two kilometres from the Daguilar Highway, Blackbutt. The fire started around 11am. A dozer is currently at the scene putting containment lines around the perimeter of the fire. A helicopter has also been tasked to the scene for air observation and possible water bombing. There is believed to be no threat to structures at this stage.

NORTHERN REGION
Flinders Highway, Calcium (south of Townsville) – grass fire
Two small sheds and two cars have been destroyed in a grass fire off the Flinders Highway, Calcium after it flared up again around 4am. The fire started around 4.30pm yesterday. Residents at one property were asked to relocate. This area has now been declared safe and residents have been allowed to return. Several fire units are in the final stages of containing the blaze with containment lines and backburning. A helicopter was tasked to the fire for observation. There is no further threat to property at this stage. No one has been injured.

Mount Fox Road, Mount Fox (south west of Ingham) – grass fire
The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service is continuing to advise residents in the vicinity of Mt Fox to leave their homes if the path is clear to do so. At 12.45pm a large bushfire was located in bushland off Mt Fox Road at Mt Fox, a small township south west of Ingham. The large fire is continuing to travel in a west-north-westerly direction and is expected to impact residents in the Mt Fox area within the next one to two hours. At this time, residents are being advised to relocate to the Mt Fox school which is deemed safe. This fire is moving quickly and firefighters are experiencing difficulty in controlling it. Spot fires may occur ahead of the fire front and embers are also being thrown from the fire.

Further information on the fire and where to locate to is available at www.fire.qld.gov.au

FIRE BANS

Queenslanders are being asked to remain on high alert with the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) extending fire bans in various parts of the State until midnight on Monday 28 September.

The Rural Fire Service has put a ban on the lighting of all fires, including permit fires as a precaution with very high, and at times extreme, conditions expected to continue.

Fire bans will continue in the following Local Government areas and will be reviewed as the days progress:
Toowoomba, Western Downs, Southern Downs, Paroo, Balonne, Goondiwindi, Maranoa, Murweh, Banana, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Central Highlands, Woorabinda, Isaac, Whitsunday, Mackay, Barcaldine, Blackall-Tambo and Longreach, South Burnett, North Burnett, Sunshine Coast, Fraser Coast, Gympie, Cherbourg, Bundaberg, Somerset, Lockyer Valley, Ipswich City, Scenic Rim, Logan City, Gold Coast, Brisbane City, Redland City and Moreton Bay.

The following exemptions apply under fire ban conditions:
• Fires within a properly constructed barbecue are permitted, provided they are not left unattended (gas and electric barbecues may be used);
• Fires for the purpose of disposal of animal carcasses are permitted, subject to the issue of a Permit to Light Fire by the local Fire Warden;
• Fires of commercial necessity are permitted subject to the issue of a Permit to Light Fire by the Area Director Rural Operations;
• Fires for the purpose of burning standing sugar cane for harvest in accordance with the established practice of the industry; and
• Fires for the purpose of burning tops and trash between the hours of 1800 (6.00 pm) and 0900 (9.00 am).

Regular updated information will be provided on the QFRS Rural Operations website at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au or at www.fire.qld.gov.au or by listening to your local radio station.



Contact for media enquiries: For more information contact Department of Community Safety Media on 3247 8186


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