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Black Snake Fire Update

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November 17, 2019

The Black Snake fire is now contained and is not threatening properties.

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On Sunday . . .

From QFES at 1:50pm:

Crews remain on scene at a bushfire burning in Black Snake.

The fire is contained and there is no threat to property at this time.

Crews will continue to monitor the fire.

People should call Triple Zero (000) immediately if they or their property are under threat.

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On Saturday . . .

From QFES at 8:35am:

STAY INFORMED. Bushfire warning level: ADVICE

Waterbombing aircraft will be operating in the area throughout the day.

QFES crews will continue to patrol the area.

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 Friday . . .

From QFES at 5:55pm:

STAY INFORMED. Bushfire warning level: ADVICE

A slow-moving fire is burning in Thornside.

Firefighters are working to contain the 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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From QFES at 9:45am:

PREPARE TO LEAVE. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

A large slow-moving fire burning in Thornside.

Properties in the Black Snake area are not under direct threat, however this could change and people need to be prepared to leave the area.

Fire crews are working to strengthen containment lines.

People nearby will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

Residents are asked to be aware of emergency services vehicles in the area.

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

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On Thursday . . .

From QFES at 11:20pm:

PREPARE TO LEAVE. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

There is a large slow-moving fire burning in Thornside. Properties in the Black Snake area are not under direct threat, however this could change and people need to be prepared to leave the area.

Ground crews are working to contain the fire.

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From QFES at 9:25pm:

PREPARE TO LEAVE. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

There is a large slow-moving fire burning in Thornside.

Properties in the Black Snake area are not under direct threat, however this could change and people need to be prepared to leave the area.

Ground crews are working to contain the fire, however firefighters may not be able to protect every property.

Fire crews will work to strengthen containment lines and conduct backburning operations in the area throughout the night.

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

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From QFES at 6:10pm:

PREPARE TO LEAVE. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

There is a separate bushfire warning in place for the Thornside locality. People in the Thornside locality should refer to that warning.

There is a large slow-moving fire burning in Thornside. Properties in the Black Snake area are not under direct threat, however this could change and people need to be prepared to leave the area. Residents who have evacuated Black Snake are advised it is still safe to return to the area.

Ground crews and waterbombing aircraft continue to work in the area, however, waterbombing will cease at dusk.

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

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From QFES at 4:10pm:

PREPARE TO LEAVE. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

There is a large slow-moving fire burning in Thornside. Properties in the Black Snake area are not under direct threat, however this could change and people need to be prepared to leave the area.

Residents who have evacuated Black Snake are advised it is still safe to return to the area.

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. Fire crews will work to strengthen containment lines and conduct backburning operations in the area throughout the day. Firefighting aircraft will also be operating in the area.

Residents choosing to self-evacuate can seek emergency accommodation by calling the Gympie Regional Council on 1300-307-800.

Residents self-evacuating with large animals can head to Woolooga Saleyards and contact Dan Sullivan on 0408-883-921. Animal owners will need to attend to and feed their animals while at the Saleyards.

People nearby 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 12:40pm:

PREPARE TO LEAVE. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

The large slow-moving fire is burning in the vicinity of the Des Simpson Memorial.

Due to a change in wind the blaze is now travelling in a north-westerly direction.

Crews will be backburning along the south-eastern edge of the blaze, in the vicinity of Thornside Road and Upper Thornside Road, throughout the afternoon.

Properties in this area are not under direct threat, however this could change and people need to be prepared to leave the area.

Residents who have evacuated are advised it is safe to return to the area.

Those residents who are still choosing to self-evacuate should travel along Thornside Road onto Upper Widgee Road heading towards Gympie.

Residents choosing to self-evacuate can seek emergency accommodation by calling the Gympie Regional Council on 1300-307-800.

Residents self-evacuating with large animals can head to Woolooga Saleyards and contact Dan Sullivan on 0408-883-921. Animal owners will need to attend to and feed their animals while at the Saleyards.

People nearby 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 9:40am:

PREPARE TO LEAVE. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

There is now a separate bushfire warning in place for the Thornside locality. People in the Thornside locality should refer to that warning.

A large slow-moving 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 currently impacting parts of Thornside Road and Upper Thornside Road.

The fire could have a significant impact on the community.

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. Fire crews will work to strengthen containment lines and conduct backburning operations in the area throughout the day.

Firefighting aircraft will also be operating in the area.

Properties in this area are not under direct threat, however this could change and people need to be prepared to leave the area.

Residents who have evacuated are advised it is safe to return to the area.

Those residents who are still choosing to self-evacuate should travel along Thornside Road on to Upper Widgee Road heading towards Gympie.

Residents choosing to self-evacuate can seek emergency accommodation by calling the Gympie Regional Council on 1300-307-800.

Residents self-evacuating with large animals can head to Woolooga Saleyards and contact Dan Sullivan on 0408-883- 921. Animal owners will need to attend to and feed their animals while at the saleyards.

People nearby 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 Wednesday . . .

From QFES at 10:50pm:

LEAVE NOW. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services 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.

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.

QFES crews will remain on scene overnight strengthening containment lines and conducting backburning operations.

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 6:50pm:

PREPARE TO LEAVE. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

Residents looking to self-evacuate should travel in a south-westerly direction towards Blacksnake Road.

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.

There will be increased traffic in the area due to responding emergency vehicles. Motorists are urged to take caution and drive to conditions.

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

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From QFES at 1:10pm:

PREPARE TO LEAVE. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

A large fire is burning in a south-westerly direction towards Richardson Road, Mengle Road and Mariner Road, Black Snake.

The fire is likely to impact Richardson Road, Mengle Road and Mariner Road, Black Snake.

Those residents looking to self-evacuate should travel in a south-westerly direction towards Blacksnake Road.

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

There will be increased traffic in the area due to responding emergency vehicles, motorists are urged to take caution and drive to conditions.

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

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From QFES at 9:10am:

PREPARE TO LEAVE. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

The large fire is burning in a south-westerly direction towards Richardson Road, Mengle Road and Mariner Road, Black Snake.

The fire is likely to impact Richardson Road, Mengle Road and Mariner Road, Black Snake.

Those residents looking to self-evacuate should travel in a south-westerly direction towards Blacksnake Road.

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 a south-westerly direction towards Richardson Road, Mengle Road and Mariner Road, Black Snake. The fire is likely to impact Richardson Road, Mengle Road and Mariner Road, Black Snake.

Those residents looking to self-evacuate should travel in a south-westerly direction towards Blacksnake Road.

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.

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From QFES at 6:00pm:

PREPARE TO LEAVE. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

The large fire is burning in a south-westerly direction towards Richardson Road, Mengle Road and Mariner Road, Black Snake.

The fire is likely to impact Richardson Road, Mengle Road and Mariner Road, Black Snake.

Those residents looking to self-evacuate should travel in a south-westerly direction towards Blacksnake Road.

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 a south-westerly direction towards Richardson Road, Mengle Road and Mariner Road, Black Snake.

The fire is likely to impact Richardson Road, Mengle Road and Mariner Road, Black Snake.

Those residents looking to self-evacuate should travel in a south-westerly direction towards Blacksnake Road.

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 11:25am:

STAY INFORMED. Bushfire warning level: ADVICE

The bushfire is burning near Upper Thornside Road and Threlkeld Road, Black Snake.

QFES and QPWS crews are working to establish containment lines and will continue to monitor the area throughout the day.

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 4:45pm:

STAY INFORMED. Bushfire warning level: ADVICE

The bushfire is burning near Upper Thornside Road and Threlkeld Road, Black Snake.

The fire is burning in an inaccessible area.

QFES and QPWS crews are working to establish containment lines and will continue to monitor the area overnight.

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 3:15pm:

PREPARE TO LEAVE. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

The bushfire is burning near Upper Thornside Road, Thornside Road and Threlkeld Road. The fire is travelling in a south-easterly direction and is likely to impact Upper Thornside Road, Thornside Road and Threlkeld Road.

Fire crews and waterbombing aircraft are working with QPWS crews 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 11:05am:

PREPARE TO LEAVE. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

The bushfire is burning near Upper Thornside Road, Thornside Road and Threlkeld Road. The fire is travelling in a south-easterly direction and is likely to impact Upper Thornside Road, Thornside Road and Threlkeld Road.

Fire crews and waterbombing aircraft are working with QPWS crews 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 Sunday . . .

From QFES at 6:05pm:

STAY INFORMED. Bushfire warning level: ADVICE

A bushfire is burning in the vicinity of Range Road and Threlkeld Road, Black Snake.

Containment lines have been established.

QFES and QPWS crews will continue to monitor the fire overnight.

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 4:15pm:

PREPARE TO LEAVE. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

A large bushfire is burning west of Range Road. The fire is travelling in a westerly direction towards Threlkeld Road, Black Snake.

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.

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

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From QFES at 2:15pm:

PREPARE TO LEAVE. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

A large bushfire is burning west of Range Road. The fire is travelling in a westerly direction towards Threlkeld Road, Black Snake.

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.

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

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From QFES at 12:25pm:

PREPARE TO LEAVE. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

A large bushfire is burning west of Range Road. The fire is travelling in a westerly direction towards Threlkeld Road, Black Snake.

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.

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

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From QFES at 10:15am:

PREPARE TO LEAVE. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

QFES advises there is a bushfire in Black Snake (part of the Kilkivan fire) and conditions could get worse.

You need to be ready to follow your bushfire survival plan.

If you do not have a plan, or intend to leave, you should be ready to leave the area because the situation could get worse quickly (see What You Should Do, below).

A large bushfire is burning west of Range Road. The fire is travelling in a westerly direction towards Black Snake.

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 9:10am:

STAY INFORMED. Bushfire warning level: ADVICE

The bushfire is burning near Rossmore Road and Range Road, travelling in a north-easterly direction towards Sawpit Road.

QFES crews are working in conjunction with QPWS crews to contain the fire.

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 . . .

Firefighters issued an Advice alert for a bushfire burning south-east of Kilkivan township on Saturday morning.

The fire, which broke out on Thursday evening, is burning near Rossmore Road and Range Road.

At 1:40pm on Saturday, nine fire crews were at the incident.

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From QFES at 3:20pm:

STAY INFORMED. Bushfire warning level: ADVICE

The bushfire burning near Rossmore Road and Range Road is still travelling in a north-easterly direction towards Sawpit Road.

QFES crews are working in conjunction with QPWS crews to contain the fire.

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 10:20am:

STAY INFORMED. Bushfire warning level: ADVICE

The fire is burning near Rossmore Road and Range Road, travelling in a north-easterly direction towards Sawpit Road.

QFES crews are working in conjunction with QPWS crews to contain the fire.

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 7:52am:

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service crews are currently  at a bushfire burning near Range Road and Rossmore Road, Kilkivan.

This fire broke out earlier this week and is posing no threat to property at this time.

Residents may be affected by a smoke haze throughout the afternoon.

Residents are asked to close windows and doors and if suffering from a respiratory condition, keep medications close by.

Motorists should drive with caution and to conditions.

If residents are concerned their property is under threat, they should call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

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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

[UPDATED. Published originally as “Bushfire South Of Kilkivan”]


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