The view on Sunday from the air … the fire spread in a north-easterly direction away from Premier Drive, fanned by strong winds (Photo: Heath Pukallus)

November 10, 2019

Firefighters were back in action on Sunday at the site of Saturday afternoon’s Premier Drive bushfire in Kingaroy.

QFES announced at 6:50pm on Saturday that the blaze – which had swept close to properties on Booie-Crawford Road and Schellbachs Road – had been contained.

Roads that had been previously closed were re-opened to traffic but fire crews remained on site overnight to monitor the area.

On Sunday afternoon, winds whipped up the flames again, creating more smoke over Kingaroy but with nowhere near the drama of Saturday afternoon’s incident.

At 4:25pm, QFES issued another Stay Informed alert for local residents, noting that firefighters were strengthening containment lines and would continue to monitor the area over Sunday night.

Smoke from several other large fires added to the plumes that could be seen throughout the South Burnett on Sunday.

Firefighters were in action on Sunday protecting properties at Black Snake, near Kilkivan; and at Jimna and Monsildale (see separate reports, below).

A reminder to all residents: No external fires can be lit for any purpose in the South Burnett, Cherbourg, North Burnett, Gympie, Toowoomba, Somerset or Western Downs areas until further notice due to the high-risk conditions.

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On Monday . . .

From QFES at 4:59pm:

STAY INFORMED. Bushfire warning level: ADVICE

The bushfire is burning between Schellbachs Road, Booie-Crawford Road and North Branch Road. The fire is currently contained and crews will continue to monitor the area.

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

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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Flames licked the backyards of properties in Premier Drive and Rosella Parade (Photo: Heath Pukallus)
On Sunday, the fire was still burning in spots along the ridge, having crossed Shellbachs Road
(Photo: Heath Pukallus)
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