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Thornside Fire Update

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November 17, 2019

Residents of the Thornside locality, near Widgee, were advised on Friday morning that it was now safe to return to their homes.

The fire is now burning safely within containment lines.

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On Sunday . . .

From QFES at 1:45pm:

Crews remain on scene at a bushfire burning in Thornside.

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 8:30am:

PREPARE TO LEAVE. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

The slow-moving fire is continuing to travel in a north, north-westerly direction, to the north of Upper Thornside Road, and to the west of Thornside Road.

This fire is burning within containment lines, however is still active.

Ground crews with the assistance of waterbombing aircraft and heavy machinery are working to blacken out any hotspots and strengthen containment lines.

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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From QFES at 5:20am:

PREPARE TO LEAVE. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

The slow-moving fire is continuing to travel in a north, north-westerly direction, to the north of Upper Thornside Road, and to the west of Thornside Road. This fire is burning within containment lines, however is still active and residents should be prepared to leave at short notice.

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

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On Friday . . .

From QFES at 8:00pm:

PREPARE TO LEAVE. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

The slow-moving fire is continuing to travel in a north, north-westerly direction, to the north of Upper Thornside Road, and to the west of Thornside Road. This fire is burning within containment lines, however is still active and residents should be prepared to leave at short notice.

Crews will remain on scene overnight to conduct patrols monitor the area. You should not expect a firefighter at your door.

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

People in the area 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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From QFES at 5:50pm:

PREPARE TO LEAVE. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

A slow-moving fire is continuing to travel in a north, north-westerly direction, to the north of Upper Thornside Road and to the west of Thornside Road.

This fire is burning within containment lines.

Fire crews have completed backburning operations on the south-eastern edge and will continue to monitor.

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

People in the area 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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From QFES at 3:30pm:

PREPARE TO LEAVE. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

A slow-moving fire is continuing to travel in a north, north-westerly direction, to the north of Upper Thornside Road, and to the west of Thornside Road.

This fire is burning within containment lines.

Fire crews have completed backburning operations on the south-eastern edge.

Aircraft are working in the area, and fire crews will continue to patrol the fire throughout the day.

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

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

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From QFES at 12:55pm:

PREPARE TO LEAVE. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

The large, slow-moving fire is continuing to travel in a north, north-westerly direction, to the north of Upper Thornside Road, and to the west of Thornside Road.

This fire is burning within containment lines.

Fire crews have completed backburning operations on the south-eastern edge.

Fire crews will continue to patrol the fire throughout the day.

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

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From QFES at 9:50am:

PREPARE TO LEAVE. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

A  large, slow-moving fire is continuing to travel in a north, north-westerly direction, to the north of Upper Thornside Road, and to the west of Thornside Road.

This fire is burning within containment lines.

Fire crews have completed backburning operations on the south-eastern edge.

Fire crews will continue to patrol the fire throughout the day.

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

People in the area 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 11:25pm:

LEAVE NOW. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

There is a separate bushfire warning in place for Black Snake. Residents in Black Snake should refer to that warning.

A large slow-moving fire is travelling in an easterly direction in the vicinity of the Des Simpson Memorial.

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

The fire could have a significant impact on the community.

Ground crews are working to contain the fire.

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

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

People 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.

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 9:20pm:

LEAVE NOW. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

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.

There is a separate bushfire warning in place for Black Snake. Residents in Black Snake should refer to that warning.

The large slow-moving fire is travelling in an easterly direction in the vicinity of the Des Simpson Memorial.

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

The fire could have a significant impact on the community.

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

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

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

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From QFES at 6:00pm:

LEAVE NOW. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

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. The fire could have a significant impact on the community.

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 you are under threat.

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From QFES at 4:00pm:

LEAVE NOW. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

There is a separate bushfire warning in place for Black Snake. Residents in the Black Snake area should refer to that warning.

A 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. The fire could have a significant impact on the community.

Firefighters 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.

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

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

People 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.

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 12:40pm:

LEAVE NOW. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

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. The fire could have a significant impact on the community.

Firefighters 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.

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

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

People 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.

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 9:30am:

LEAVE NOW. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

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.

Firefighters and waterbombing operations 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.

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 and contact Dan Sullivan on 0408-883-921. Animal owners will need to attend to and feed their animals while at the Saleyards.

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

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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