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Jimna Fire Update

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November 14, 2019

HQ Plantations will continue to monitor a bushfire burning near the township of Jimna.

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On Thursday . . .

From QFES at 11:35am:

HQ Plantations will continue to monitor a bushfire burning near the township of Jimna.

Smoke may continue to affect the area in the coming days.

If you feel your property is under threat, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

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On Wednesday . . .

From QFES at 9:30am:

STAY INFORMED. Bushfire warning level: ADVICE

Firefighters have contained a bushfire burning to the north-west and south-west of the township of Jimna.

QFES is assisting HQ Plantations to strengthen containment lines.

Weather conditions in the coming days may affect this fire.

People in the area will be affected by smoke, 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.

Residents are welcome to attend a community meeting at 10:00am Wednesday (November 13) at the Kilcoy Memorial Hall.

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On Tuesday . . .

From QFES at 1:55pm:

STAY INFORMED. Bushfire warning level: ADVICE

Firefighters have contained a bushfire burning to the north-west and south-west of the township of Jimna.

QFES is assisting HQ Plantations to strengthen containment lines.

Weather conditions in the coming days may affect this fire.

People in the area will be affected by smoke, 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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On Monday . . .

From QFES at 3:15pm:

STAY INFORMED. Bushfire warning level: ADVICE

Firefighters are working to contain a bushfire burning to the north-west and south-west of the township of Jimna.

QFES is assisting HQ Plantations to strengthen containment lines.

People in the area will be affected by smoke, 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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On Sunday . . .

From QFES at 11:20pm:

STAY INFORMED. Bushfire warning level: ADVICE

Firefighters are working to contain a bushfire in Jimna.

QFES is assisting HQ Plantations with a planned burn east of the Kilcoy-Murgon Road, south of the Jimna township.

People in the area will be affected by smoke, 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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From QFES at 8:45pm:

PREPARE TO LEAVE. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

The fire continues to travel from Kilcoy-Murgon Road in a north-easterly direction towards the southern side of the township of Jimna.

The fire has slowed however residents in the township of Jimna should remain prepared to leave.

QFES crews will continue to work to contain the fire overnight, but firefighters may not be able to protect every property.

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

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From QFES at 6:25pm:

PREPARE TO LEAVE. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

The fire is travelling from Kilcoy-Murgon Road in a north-easterly direction towards the southern side of the township of Jimna.

The fire has slowed however residents in the township of Jimna should remain prepared to leave.

QFES crews will continue to work to contain the fire overnight, but firefighters may not be able to protect every property.

You should not expect a firefighter at your door, however police are door-knocking in the area.

People choosing to self-evacuate should leave via Kilcoy-Murgon Road to get to Kilcoy.

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 4:00pm:

PREPARE TO LEAVE. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

At 4:00pm, an unpredictable fire is travelling from Kilcoy-Murgon Road in a north-easterly direction towards the southern side of the township of Jimna.

Fire conditions are erratic.

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, however police are door knocking in the area.

People choosing to leave should head north-west via School Road to Kilcoy-Murgon Road to get to Kilcoy. South via Bellbird Road is closed.

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 8:35am:

STAY INFORMED. Bushfire warning level: ADVICE

A slow-moving bushfire is burning to the north-west of the township of Jimna.

Crews are actively monitoring containment lines.

Residents have been allowed to return to their properties, however access is still restricted to residents only.

Members of the community with respiratory issues have been asked not to return as people in the area will be affected by smoke, 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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On Saturday . . .

Police assisted with evacuations from the Jimna area on Friday afternoon as a bushfire headed towards the town.

QFES warned residents that if they were not in the area, they should not return, as conditions were too dangerous.

Police have reminded motorists to limit unnecessary travel and keep roads clear for emergency services in bushfire-affected areas.

“Fires by their very nature are unpredictable and motorists travelling through active bushfire areas could easily find themselves in quickly changing and dangerous situations,” a QPS spokesperson said.

“If you live near a active bushfire area please limit all non-essential travel and re-think your need to be on the roads.

“Driving conditions can be dangerous due to hazards such as burnt out trees over road ways, fallen power lines, smoke and dust. Please remain vigilant.

“Emergency services are working together to return affected residents to their homes however this can only occur when the risk of fire has been mitigated.”

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From QFES at 5:45pm:

STAY INFORMED. Bushfire warning level: ADVICE

The bushfire is burning to the west of the township of Jimna.

Residents can return to their properties, however access has been restricted to residents only.

Members of the community with respiratory issues have been asked not to return as people in the area will be affected by smoke, 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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From QFES at 3:10pm:

PREPARE TO LEAVE. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

The bushfire is still burning slowly south-west along Kilcoy-Murgon Road and in inaccessible terrain north of the Jimna township.

Fire crews are working to contain the fire and will remain in the township of Jimna.

Council representatives are located at the Kilcoy Memorial Hall to provide further information to the members of the Jimna community.

People who have left the area should not return as it is too dangerous.

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

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From QFES at 12:20pm:

PREPARE TO LEAVE. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

The fire is still burning slowly south-west along Kilcoy-Murgon Road and in inaccessible terrain north of the Jimna township.

Fire crews are working to contain the fire and will remain in the township of Jimna to protect assets should spotting or direct fires impact Jimna.

Council representatives are located at the Kilcoy Memorial Hall to provide further information to the members of the Jimna community.

People who have left the area should not return as it is too dangerous.

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

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From QFES at 10:40am:

PREPARE TO LEAVE. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

The bushfire is burning slowly south-west along Kilcoy-Murgon Road and burning in inaccessible terrain north of the Jimna township.

Fire crews are working to contain the fire and will remain in the township of Jimna to protect assets should spotting or direct fires impact Jimna.

People who have left the area should not return as it is too dangerous.

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

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On Friday . . .

From QFES at 11:50pm:

PREPARE TO LEAVE. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

QFES advises the fire is travelling slowly towards the township of Jimna. This fire is currently burning in inaccessible terrain.

Fire crews are working to contain the fire and will remain in the township of Jimna to protect assets should spotting or direct fires impact Jimna. However, 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.

The evacuation centre is at Kilcoy Memorial Hall. People who have left the area should not return as it is too dangerous.

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

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From QFES at 9:10pm:

LEAVE NOW. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

QFES advises the fire is travelling slowly towards the township of Jimna.

This fire is currently burning in inaccessible terrain.

Fire crews are working to contain the fire and will remain in the township of Jimna to protect assets should spotting or direct fires impact Jimna.

The evacuation centre at Kilcoy Memorial Hall has closed.

People leaving the area should head to the Kilcoy Fire Station at 17 McCauley Street, Kilcoy, for further instructions.

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

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From QFES at 6:45pm:

LEAVE NOW. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

A fast-moving fire is travelling towards the township of Jimna.

The fire is approaching from the west. It is expected to impact the Jimna township within the hour.

The fire could have a significant impact on the community.

Fire crews are working to contain the fire and will remain in the township of Jimna to protect assets should spotting or direct fires impact Jimna.

However, 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.

Police are in the area assisting people to evacuate.

People should evacuate south via Kilcoy-Murgon Road, towards Kilcoy.

An evacuation centre is open at Kilcoy Memorial Hall.

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

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From QFES at 3:15pm:

LEAVE NOW. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has advised there is a bushfire approaching Jimna from the west, and 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. If you are not in the area, do not return, as conditions are too dangerous.

At 3:25pm, a fast-moving fire was travelling towards Peach Trees Camping Area and the town of Jimna.

The fire is approaching from the west.

It is expected to impact the Jimna township within the hour. The fire could have a significant impact on the community.

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.

Police are in the area assisting people to evacuate.

People should evacuate south via Kilcoy-Murgon Road, towards Kilcoy. An evacuation centre is open at Kilcoy Memorial Hall.

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you are 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.
  • 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:

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

[UPDATED. Published earlier as “Fire Heading Towards Jimna”]


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