October 27, 2019
Firefighters rushed to Aerodrome Road at Taabinga on Sunday afternoon after a fire jumped the roadway and took off quickly across open grassland.
Emergency services were called to the blaze at 1:41pm.
At 2:15pm, the QFES issued a “Stay Informed” warning to local residents that a bushfire was in the area.
Smoke from the fire affected traffic as flames licked the edge of roads.
At one stage it was burning fiercely just across the road from houses on Kingaroy-Cooyar Road.
Aerodrome Road was closed to through traffic.
Local resident Ronni Eade told southburnett.com.au she wanted to give a “big shoutout” to the police and fire brigade for responding so quickly to the blaze.
“It didn’t start on side of the road. It started further in amongst the trees and high grass,” she said.
At 4:00pm, 18 fire units were still on the scene.
Firefighters stopped the flames from reaching buildings on the Kingaroy Clay Target club ground but couldn’t save bales of hale in a nearby paddock which are expected to smoulder for hours.
By 4:30pm, the fire had been contained and a QFES spokesperson said it was posing no threat to property.
However, crews would remain on scene to monitor the area and residents may be affected by a smoke haze into the evening.
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At 5:30pm on Sunday, three fire crews had been despatched to a fire burning in Scotts Lane at Runnymede.
A smaller fire was also burning near Bellbird Road and Semgreens Road at Coolabunia.