Fire Activity Report as at 5pm
10/20/2009 5:03:42 PM
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.
Fire crews have again had another busy day fighting fires across the State. A total of 394 personnel have been activated to attend 46 incidents across Queensland. In battling these blazes, 133 appliances, tankers, heavy plant and aircraft have been utilised.
Fire crews have successfully contained a fire burning in the Norman Gardens area this afternoon. Crews protected approximately 100 houses in the area this morning with minimal loss reported.
Firebreaks in the Frenchville area have prevented the fire impacting on residents in the northern part of Frenchville Drive, the southern side of Sunset Drive and residents in Guthrie Street. Residents in these areas are urged to remain vigilant in case conditions change.
Fire crews in the area are now working to contain a small outbreak of fire on Barkers Road at Nerimbah. Firefighters have conducted property protection around three houses in the area this afternoon.
The QFRS is reminding residents that the Rockhampton area is currently under a fire ban and is asking residents to refrain from lighting fires around their property to protect them. If residents feel that their property is threatened by fire they are urged to ring triple zero (000).
The QFRS is also asking any residents not directly affected by the bushfire threat to conserve their use of water so that residents and firefighters who require extra water and water pressure have what they need to protect properties.
Bruce Highway, Bajool
Two crews continue to monitor a fire off the Bruce Highway at Bajool this afternoon. The fire started around midday yesterday. An aircraft has been used to conduct aerial reconnaissance activities throughout the day to assist ground crews. A bulldozer is currently being used to establish a fire control line from Archer-Ulam Connection Road to the Bruce Highway. There is no threat to property at this time.
Dunning Road, Riordonvale
Five fire crews are on scene at a fire on Dunning Road at Riordonvale. This fire has been burning since yesterday and has flared up during the day. A tractor is being used to create fire breaks around several homes as a precaution. No homes are currently under threat.
Bruce Highway, Carmila
One fire crew is on scene at a fire off the Bruce Highway at Carmila. Emergency services received multiple triple zero (000) calls reporting the fire around 1pm. Fire breaks were placed around several homes as a precaution this afternoon. Firefighters will undertake backburning activities off the Bruce Highway and Carmila West Road tonight. No homes are under threat at this time.
Carnarvon Highway, Rewan
Two fire crews are monitoring a fire off the Carnarvon Highway at Rewan. The fire has been burning since yesterday in inaccessible terrain. Firefighters are undertaking backburning activities in the area this afternoon. No homes are under threat.
NORTH COAST REGION
Kalpowar Road, Gaeta
Multiple emergency services crews including urban and rural teams continue to battle a blaze on Kalpowar Road, Gaeta. Crews include taskforces from New South Wales, Brisbane, Ipswich and local brigades brought in to provide relief to local fire crews. The Queensland Ambulance Service, Queensland Police Service and State Emergency Service are assisting fire crews.
Fire crews are now working to contain the fire across five sectors using a grader and bulldozer to construct containment lines and local land marks as fire breaks. Today, crews will finalise the construction of a control line along Charnwood Road and commence backburning operations near Kalpowar Road.
The fire has burnt approximately 30,000 hectares since starting five days ago.
There is no threat to property at this time.
Horse Camp Road, Horse Camp
Eleven fire crews are attending to a large fire burning on Horse Camp Road, Horse Camp. The fire started around 9.30am. Two helicopters have been used throughout the day to conduct air observation and water bombing. Heavy equipment has also been used to construct fire breaks and firefighters have successfully protected several homes in the area. The fire remains under control. No homes are under threat at this time.
Promisedland Road, Cordalba
Four fire crews have responded to a forestry fire off Promisedland Road at Cordalba around 3.30pm. The fire is burning in Cordalba State Forest and Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) crews are also in attendance. The fire has burnt around five hectares. No homes are under threat at this time.
Bruce Highway, Crystal Creek
Fire crews continue to monitor a grass fire off the Bruce Highway at Crystal Creek today. The fire has been burning since Sunday and is currently burning within inaccessible terrain and moving in a westerly direction. No homes are under threat at this time.
Peter Delemonthe Road, Springlands
Four fire crews are in attendance at a fire on Peter Delemonthe Road at Springlands. The fire broke out around 12.30pm. Fire crews are now attempting to put fire breaks in using a bulldozer and grader to try and control the fire. No homes are under threat at this time.
West Point Road, Picnic Bay
Two fire crews and personnel from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service are now battling a blaze on West Point Road, Picnic Bay. The fire started just after 1pm and firefighters successfully protected several structures from the blaze. Firefighters are now conducting backburning activities on West Point Road and around structures as a precaution. No property is under threat at this time.
Dalrymple Road, Shaw
Three fire crews responded to a grass fire off Dalrymple Road at Shaw around 12.30pm. Approximately two hectares were burnt by the blaze and the fire was extinguished around 2pm. No homes were threatened by the blaze.
Saltworks Road, Guthalungra
Three fire crews have responded to a fire on Saltworks Road at Guthalungra. The fire started around 1.30pm and is burning in grazing land. No homes are under threat at this time.