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Kilkivan Bushfire: Leave Now

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November 13, 2019

Police and QFES were doorknocking residents in the Thornside Road and Upper Thornside Road on Wednesday afternoon after the Kilkivan fire worsened.

At 6:35pm, QFES re-issued their LEAVE NOW warning (see below).

People evacuating with large animals should take them to the Woolooga Saleyards.

Fire crews and waterbombing aircraft have been working to contain the fire all the fire.

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you are under threat.

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On Wednesday . . .

From QFES at 6:35pm:

LEAVE NOW. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

The large fire is burning in the vicinity of the Des Simpson Memorial, heading in a south-easterly direction towards Thornside Road and Upper Thornside Road. The fire may impact Thornside Road and Upper Thornside Road.

The fire could have a significant impact on the community.

Those residents looking to self-evacuate should travel along Thornside Road on to Upper Widgee Road heading towards Gympie.

People evacuating with large animals can head to Woolooga Saleyards. Owners are responsible for the welfare of their own animals at the saleyards.

Residents seeking accommodation can contact Gympie Regional Council on 1300-307-800.

Fire crews are working to contain the fire but firefighters may not be able to protect every property. You should not expect a firefighter at your door. Power, water, and mobile phone service may be lost.

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 are under threat.

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From QFES at 4:10pm:

LEAVE NOW. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

QFES advises conditions are getting worse.

Follow your bushfire survival plan now. If you do not have a plan, your safest option is to leave now if it is clear to do so (see What You Should Do, below).

If you are not in the area, do not return, as conditions are too dangerous.

A large fire is burning in the vicinity of the Des Simpson Memorial, heading in a south-easterly direction towards Thornside Road and Upper Thornside Road.

The fire is likely to impact Thornside Road and Upper Thornside Road within 15 minutes. The fire could have a significant impact on the community.

Those residents looking to self-evacuate should travel along Thornside Road on to Upper Widgee Road heading towards Gympie.

QFES and police are door knocking in the area to ensure the safety of residents.

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

Power, water, and mobile phone service may be lost.

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 are under threat.

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From QFES at 11:30am:

LEAVE NOW. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

Beware of heavy traffic from fire vehicles.

Follow your bushfire survival plan now. If you do not have a plan, your safest option is to leave now if it is clear to do so.

If you are not in the area, do not return, as conditions are too dangerous.

A large fire is burning in the vicinity of the Des Simpson Memorial, heading in a south-westerly direction towards Thornside Road and Upper Thornside Road.

The fire is likely to impact Thornside Road and Upper Thornside Road within 30 minutes. The fire could have a significant impact on the community.

Those residents looking to self-evacuate should travel along Thornside Road onto Upper Widgee Road heading towards Gympie.

Fire crews and waterbombing aircraft are working to contain the fire but firefighters may not be able to protect every property.

You should not expect a firefighter at your door. Power, water, and mobile phone service may be lost.

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

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From QFES at 9:05am:

PREPARE TO LEAVE. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

The large fire is still burning in the vicinity of the Des Simpson Memorial, heading in a south-westerly direction towards Thornside Road and Upper Thornside Road. The fire is likely to impact Thornside Road and Upper Thornside Road.

Those residents looking to self-evacuate should travel along Thornside Road on to Upper Widgee Road heading towards Gympie.

Fire crews and waterbombing aircraft are 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.

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On Tuesday . . .

From QFES at 8:00pm:

PREPARE TO LEAVE. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

The large fire is burning in the vicinity of the Des Simpson Memorial, heading in a south-westerly direction towards Thornside Road and Upper Thornside Road. The fire is likely to impact Thornside Road and Upper Thornside Road.

Those residents looking to self-evacuate should travel along Thornside Road on to Upper Widgee Road heading towards Gympie.

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

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From QFES at 5:55pm:

PREPARE TO LEAVE. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

The large fire is burning in the vicinity of the Des Simpson Memorial, heading in a south-westerly direction towards Thornside Road and Upper Thornside Road. The fire is likely to impact Thornside Road and Upper Thornside Road.

Those residents looking to self-evacuate should travel along Thornside Road on to Upper Widgee Road heading towards Gympie.

Fire crews are 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.

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From QFES at 3:35pm:

PREPARE TO LEAVE. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

A large fire is burning in the vicinity of the Des Simpson Memorial, heading in a south-westerly direction towards Thornside Road and Upper Thornside Road. The fire is likely to impact Thornside Road and Upper Thornside Road.

Those residents looking to self-evacuate should travel along Thornside Road on to Upper Widgee Road heading towards Gympie.

Fire crews are 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.

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What You Should Do

  • Listen to your local radio station or visit the Rural Fire Service website for regular updates.
  • Put on protective clothing (eg. a long-sleeved cotton shirt, boots with thick soles).
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

If you are leaving:

  • Secure your pets for safe transport.
  • Check for road closures and then advise family and friends of your intended travel route.
  • Take your important documents and essential items (eg. passports, birth certificates, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing) when you leave.
  • Drive with caution in low-visibility conditions.

If you are unable to leave:

  • Bring pets inside; restrain them with a leash, a cage, or inside a secure room; and provide them with plenty of water.
  • 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.
  • If you suffer from a respiratory condition, keep your medication close by.

Keep up to date by:

  • Following QFES on Facebook (@QldFireandEmergencyServices) and Twitter (@QldFES)
  • Staying tuned to your local ABC radio station.
  • Visiting the Rural Fire Service website

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