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Fire Activity Report as at 5pm.

10/19/2009 6:58:46 PM

FIRE BANS

Fire bans will remain in place for the following Local Government areas: Richmond; North Burnett; Sunshine Coast; Fraser Coast; South Burnett; Gympie; Cherbourg; Bundaberg; Somerset; Lockyer Valley; Ipswich City; Scenic Rim; Logan City; Gold Coast; Brisbane City; Redland City; Moreton Bay; Toowoomba; Western Downs; Southern Downs; Paroo; Balonne; Goondiwindi; Maranoa; Murweh; Palm Island; Banana; Gladstone; Rockhampton; Central Highlands; Woorabinda; Isaac; Mackay; Hinchinbrook; Townsville; Whitsunday; Charters Towers; Flinders; Richmond; and Burdekin.

Fire bans have been extended until midnight Monday, 26 October and may be extended again if dangerous fire conditions continue across the State.

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

The following exemptions apply under fire ban conditions:
• The use of gas and electric barbecues are permitted provided they are not left unattended. The use of wood fire barbecues is prohibited;
• 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 sugar cane tops and trash on cane production land 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.

CENTRAL REGION
Mt Archer – bushfires
Twenty-six fire crews are currently working in the Mt Archer area. Fires have been burning throughout the Mt Archer Range area for 10 days now. Currently, the main fire is burning in a westerly direction towards the Norman Gardens and Guthrie Street (part of Frenchville) areas and residents whose properties back on to unburnt bushland in these areas are being advised to enact their bushfire plans and be prepared for a fire to affect them this afternoon and into this evening. Residents are being asked to be prepared to relocate if required and an assembly area has been established at the Rockhampton PCYC on Bridge Street for people who wish to relocate. If residents do wish to relocate to the PCYC they are asked to call the Rockhampton Police.



Several other fires burning across the Mt Archer Range area are within containment lines. Firefighters in the area are undertaking bushfire mitigation to bring all fires in the area under control. A deployment of 31 firefighters, paramedics and support staff will arrive in Rockhampton this evening to assist crews on the fireground tomorrow.

Bruce Highway, Bajool – grassfire
Four rural fire crews, waterbombing aircraft and air observers are currently at the scene of a fast moving grassfire on the Bruce Highway at Bajool. Crews are working to contain the fire and there is no threat to any property in the area at this time.

NORTH COAST REGION
Kalpowar Rd, Kolonga
Helicopters and fire crews have worked across the day to strengthen containment lines in the area with fire teams from Brisbane and Maryborough supporting local crews. The large grass fire is burning across 283 square kilometres. Crews are still conducting backburning and will continue to do so overnight to protect assets in the Gaeta valley. There are no properties under threat at this time.

Boonooroo Rd, Boonooroo
Fire crews were called to a large grass fire near the Boonooroo refuse tip around 12.30pm. Four rural crews and two urban crews worked to contain the fire using heavy machinery to assist in creating fire breaks. The fire has been contained.


NORTHERN REGION
Rowe Road, Woodstock
Fire crews continue to monitor a grass fire on Rowe Road at Woodstock which has been burning for several days. A bulldozer was used to push a fire control line to the northwest of Granitvale station. There is no threat to property at this time.

Mt Spec Road, Crystal Creek/Paluma
A large fire continues to burn in the Paluma Ranges west of Paluma in inaccessible terrain. Fire crews returned to patrol the area today in case of flare ups. No structures or properties have been threatened at this stage.


FAR NORTHERN REGION
Herberton Petford Rd/Emuford Coogarra Rd, Mt Garnet
Fire crews were involved in backburning operations today at a large grass fire on Herberton Petford Rd at Mt Garnet. Crews worked along fire control lines and monitoring of the perimeters is expected to continue tonight. There is no threat to property at this time.


SOUTH WESTERN REGION
Acadia Valley
Fire crews are working to construct control lines in an effort to contain a fire burning in inaccessible country on the edge of Acadia Valley. Fire crews have contained fires on a number of properties to within containment lines. No structures are threatened at this time.

SOUTH EASTERN REGION
Esk Crows Nest Rd, Biarra
Fire crews are monitoring and backburning at a large grass fire on Esk Crows Nest Rd at Biarra. Crews were called to the fire around 2pm. No properties are under threat at this stage.






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