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Wind Whips Up Goodger Fire

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An East Nanango rural firefighter mops up along the edge of the fireground next to Kingaroy-Cooyar Road

September 8, 2019

UPDATE 1:30pm:

Bushfire warning level: ADVICE

At 1:30pm Sunday, a fire is burning near Kingaroy-Cooyar Road and Old Taabinga Road, Goodger.

Firefighters are working with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service crews to strengthen containment lines.

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.

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EARLIER:

September 6, 2019

Fifteen fire crews were called to a large grass fire which broke out alongside Kingaroy-Cooyar Road at Goodger on Friday afternoon.

The blaze was reported to emergency services about 2:25pm.

At 4:45pm, a QFES spokesperson said the fire was about 80 per cent contained although the windy conditions were making the job difficult.

The fire, which spread smoke across Kingaroy, is believed to have started alongside Kingaroy-Cooyar Road, south of the intersection with Old Taabinga Road.

It then travelled in a south-easterly direction.

The strong winds and partially inaccessible terrain hampered efforts to control the flames.

At one point, sparks ignited a small area of land on the western side of Kingaroy-Cooyar Road but this was quickly brought under control and extinguished.

Both urban and rural units were called to the incident.

A water tanker was refilling fire trucks at the scene.

At 4:30pm, an area of about 30ha was believed to have been burned out.

Firefighters will be monitoring the area over the weekend.

A fire truck goes bush alongside Kingaroy-Cooyar Road in a bid to get to the flames

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QFES has extended a local fire ban through to 23:59hrs on Sunday (September 8) for residents in the Gympie, North Burnett, South Burnett and Cherbourg council areas.

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Firefighters have been battling flames at a number of other nearby fires on Friday:

An “Advice” warning was issued by the QFES to Linville residents at 3:20pm because of a bushfire burning near George and Wells streets.

The fire was travelling in a southerly direction and affecting Linville Road with smoke.

No properties were under direct threat.

A dozen fire units were at the incident.

UPDATE: At 7:45pm, firefighters were no longer required at this incident.

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A “Watch and Act” warning was issued at 3:45pm by the QFES for a fire burning at Hawkswood, south of Mundubbera.

This fast-moving fire was travelling in a south-easterly direction from Barbours Road and New Cadarga Road towards Monogorilby.

At 4:48pm, fire crews were working to contain the fire with 10 crews on site.

At 6:05pm, QFES renewed the Watch and Act warning and said conditions could get worse.

The fire was still travelling south-easterly from Barbours Road and New Cadarga Road towards Monogorilby.

UPDATE: At 10:00pm, the warning level was reduced to “Advice”. Fire crews will remain on scene overnight.

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At 2:40pm, QFES fire crews and HQ Plantation crews working to contain a bushfire burning near Glastonbury Creek Road, Glastonbury.

The fire broke out earlier on Friday and was posing no threat to property.

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At 4:30pm, QFES advised there was a bushfire near Burra Burri.

A fire burning in the Barakula State Forest was travelling in a south-easterly direction towards Burra Burri.

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

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