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Fire Activity Report as at 3.30pm November 22

11/22/2009 3:30:00 PM

BRISBANE REGION
Vidoni Road, Mt Delaney
Please be advised that fire crews have contained a large grass fire burning in the vicinity of Vidoni Road at Mt Delaney. Twelve fire crews and senior officers are on scene and protecting three properties in the area by backburning around them. Two waterbombing helicopters are also attacking the large blaze which started about 1pm. No evacuations have been required

NORTH COAST REGION
Thomas St, Howard
Several rural and urban crews remain at the scene of a fire in the vicinity of Thomas St, Howard which broke out this afternoon. A water bombing helicopter has also dropped water in the area of the blaze which is burning in bushland north of Howard. Fire crews have contained the blaze to the north-eastern side of the Bruce Highway and machinery will be used to construct fire breaks this afternoon. No property is under immediate threat but residents are urged to remain vigilant and observant and to call triple zero (000) if their property comes under threat.

Maryborough-Biggenden Rd, Gungaloon
Ten fire crews are in attendance at a fire at Oakhurst Gardens at Gungaloon. The fire broke out about 11.55am on the side of the Maryborough-Biggenden Road. Fire crews are conducting backburns. No property is under threat.

SOUTH WESTERN REGION
Dight Road, Stonehenge
Several fire crews continue to monitor a blaze at Dight Road, Stonehenge. The fire started yesterday and no property has been threatened.

SOUTH EASTERN REGION
Wallers Road, Seventeen Mile (Lockyer Valley)
Several rural and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service crews are continuing to construct fire breaks, backburn and patrol a fire burning in largely inaccessible areas off Wallers Road, Seventeen Mile. An aircraft has also been utilised for air observation. No property is under threat at this time. The fire started yesterday and is expected to continue to burn for several days.

FIRE BANS
QFRS is reminding residents to comply with fire bans which are still in place across many parts of the state.

Fire bans will remain in place for the following Local Government areas until midnight on Monday 23 November: Rockhampton, Banana, Gladstone, Bundaberg, North Burnett, Fraser Coast, South Burnett, Cherbourg and Gympie. A local fire ban also remains in force for parts of the Local Government areas of Whitsunday (in those parts of the shire previously within the Bowen Shire) and South Burnett (in those parts of the shire previously within the Wondai and Murgon shires).

Fire bans have been lifted for the Local Government areas of Richmond, Flinders, Charters Towers, Isaac and for the part of the Local Government areas of Whitsunday (in those parts of the shire not previously within the Bowen Shire) and South Burnett (in those parts of the shire previously within the Nanango and Kingaroy shires.

Fire bans in these areas may be extended again if dangerous fire conditions continue.

The Rural Fire Service has put a ban on the lighting of all fires in the above Local Government 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 0600 (6.00 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.



Media note: When quoting members of the media unit, please refer to a spokesperson for the Department of Community Safety. Thank you.





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