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Fires At Glan Devon, Booie

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Smoke soars behind houses at the Smith Road / Faulkners Road fire at Booie (Photo: Supplied)

September 19, 2018

Fire crews in the South Burnett were stretched on Thursday with major fires breaking out at Glan Devon and Booie within two hours of each other.

The fire at Glan Devon ignited first, followed by a blaze near Smith Road / Faulkners Road at Booie.

Both fires were whipped up quickly by strong winds, jumping local roads and sending smoke soaring into the sky.

Urban and rural crews were kept busy protecting houses.

Flames came with metres of buildings in the Booie fire, and a waterbombing helicopter was called in to drop loads on both blazes.

By evening, the threat posed by both fires had subsided.

However, firefighters will continue to monitor both locations overnight.

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Booie Fire

UPDATE 4:20pm Friday

Bushfire warning level: ADVICE – STAY INFORMED

At 4:20pm, a bushfire is burning near Pates Road and Cooper Road, travelling towards Coolabunia-Malar Road, Booie.

Firefighters are working to contain the fire. People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you or your property is under threat.

The next update will be provided when the situation changes.

A Wattle Camp Rural Fire Brigade unit races to the scene along Booie Road

Flames lick a paddock alongside Booie Road on Thursday afternoon … spot fires were starting ahead of the fire fronts from ember attacks

An urban fire unit approaches an intersection on Booie Road

A view of the fire burning near Smith Road and Faulkners Road at Booie on Thursday
(Photo: Keren McSweeney)

Earlier:

UPDATE 3:40pm Friday

Fire crews remain on scene at a bushfire burning near Pates Road and Cooper Road, Booie.

This fire broke out yesterday and is posing no threat to property at this time.

Firefighters are working to contain the fire and smoke may affect surrounding areas.

If residents are concerned their property is under threat they are advised to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

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UPDATE 8:30am Friday

Fire crews are monitoring the bushfire burning in the vicinity of Booie Road and Pates Road, Booie.

This fire broke out yesterday and is posing no threat to property at this time.

Firefighters will continue to monitor the blaze throughout the day.

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UPDATE 8:40pm Thursday

STAY INFORMED

Bushfire warning level: ADVICE

At 8:40pm, a bushfire is burning in the vicinity of Booie Road and Pates Road, Booie.

Crews will be monitoring the fire and constructing firebreaks throughout the evening.

People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

The next update will be provided when the situation changes.

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UPDATE 5:40pm Thursday

PREPARE TO LEAVE

Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

At 5:40pm, a fast-moving fire is burning between Faulkners Road and Coolabunia-Malar Road.

The fire is likely to impact Smith Road, Coolabunia=Malar Road, Pates Road and Faulkners Road.

Fire crews are strengthening control lines in an effort to contain the fire, but firefighters may not be able to protect every property.

You should not expect a firefighter at your door.

People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe your property is under threat.

The next update will be provided by 7:40pm or if the situation changes.

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UPDATE 3:30pm Thursday

PREPARE TO LEAVE

Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

At 3:30pm, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services issued a Watch and Act alert for a bushfire burning near Smith Road and Faulkners Road at Booie.

QFES report the fast-moving fire was travelling in an easterly direction from Pates Road towards Faulkners Road, and was likely to impact Faulkners Road.

Fire crews were working to contain the fire but firefighters may not be able to protect every property. You should not expect a firefighter at your door.

People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe your property is under threat.

You need to be ready to follow your bushfire survival plan.

If you do not have a plan, or intend to leave, you should be ready to leave the area because the situation could get worse quickly.

The next update will be provided by 5:30pm or if the situation changes.

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UPDATE: 2:45pm Thursday

At 2:45pm on Thursday, fire crews were despatched to a large grass fire burning near Smith Road and Faulkners Road at Booie.

The fire was reportedly burning near houses on Smith Road.

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe your property is under threat.

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Glan Devon Fire

UPDATE 6:40pm Thursday

South Burnett Regional Council has advised there is a temporary road closure at Locke Lane, Nanango

It has been closed due to the impact of the fire in the area and potential debris.

The road closure will be reassessed and an update provided by 8:30am Friday.

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UPDATE 5:35pm Thursday

Bushfire warning level: ADVICE – STAY INFORMED

QFES crews are currently on scene at a bushfire burning near Locke Lane, East Nanango Grindstone Road and Cobby Road, Glan Devon.

This fire broke out earlier today and is posing no threat to property at this time.

Firefighters are currently monitoring the blaze, which is burning within containment lines.

Crews will continue to monitor the fire overnight.

Glan Devon residents may be affected by a smoke haze throughout the evening.

Residents are asked to close windows and doors and if suffering from a respiratory condition, keep medications close by.

Motorists should drive with caution and to conditions.

If residents are concerned their property is under threat they are advised to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

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UPDATE 3:50pm Thursday

Bushfire warning level: ADVICE – STAY INFORMED

A bushfire is currently burning near Locke Lane, East Nanango Grindstone Road and Cobby Road, travelling towards Mount Stanley Road, Glan Devon.

People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

Waterbombing operations are being conducted in the area.

Properties are not under direct threat at this time. Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you or your property is under threat.

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UPDATE: 2:30pm Thursday

A large fire is burning near Locke Lane at Glan Devon, north of Nanango, sending plumes of smoke into the air.

The fire was reported to QFES just after 12:30pm on Thursday.

At 2:30pm, there were 15 fire crews on scene, both urban and rural, who were working to contain the fire.

Water bombers have also been requested to assist.

Smoke may be affecting traffic on the Burnett Highway.

Motorists have been urged to drive to conditions and be alert for any emergency vehicles in the area.

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Watch & Act: What You Should Do

  • Listen to your local radio station or visit the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website for regular updates.
  • If you have a bushfire survival plan, finalise it now so you are ready to follow it.
  • If you do not have a bushfire survival plan, or if your plan is to leave, identify where you will go if you leave the area.
  • Advise family and friends of your plan.
  • Close windows and doors to minimise smoke exposure.
  • If you suffer from a respiratory condition, keep your medication close by.
  • Drive with caution in low-visibility conditions.
  • Contact your neighbours to see if they need help preparing for the bushfire.
  • Pack important documents and essential items (eg. passports, birth certificates, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing) in case you need to leave the area.
  • Put on protective clothing (eg. a long-sleeved cotton shirt, boots with thick soles).
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Bring pets inside; restrain them with a leash, a cage, or inside a secure room; and provide them with plenty of water.
  • Take action to protect your livestock.
  • Move flammable materials such as doormats, wheelie bins, and outdoor furniture away from your house.
  • Fill containers such as your bath, sinks, and buckets with water so you have access to drinking water and firefighting water.
  • Close windows and doors, sealing the gaps under doors and screens with wet towels to keep smoke out of the house.

KEEP UP TO DATE BY:

  • Staying tuned to your local radio station

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