November 18, 2019

Firefighters were kept busy at the weekend attending a string of fires throughout the greater South Burnett region.

At Widgee, fire crews were monitoring a bushfire on Sunday evening burning near Gympie-Woolooga Road and Upper Widgee Road.

This fire was posing no threat to property.

On Monday afternoon, five fire units were attending the incident.

At 4:40pm, said firefighters would continue to monitor the area over coming days.

At Booubyjan, QFES advised local residents on Sunday evening that a fire was burning near the Burnett Highway.

A QFES spokesperson said fire crews were working to contain the fire with the assistance of landholders.

Properties were not under direct threat.

At 1:05pm on Monday, QFES said firefighters were monitoring the fire which was burning within containment lines.

Also on Sunday afternoon, fire crews were called to a grass fire burning near Weeks Road and Boonenne-Ellesmere Road at Goodger believed to have been started by lightning.

QFES said there was no threat to property.

On Monday afternoon, QFES said fire crews were no longer required at the incident.

Rural fire crews were also in action on Sunday at smaller fires at Gordonbrook, Speedwell, East Nanango and Gilla.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service staff were monitoring a fire burning in the Elgin State Forest near Mt Stanley.

This fire, which was first reported on October 30, was burning within containment lines on Sunday and posing no threat to property.

The Fire Danger Rating for the Wide Bay Burnett region is “High” for Monday and Tuesday this week, but will rise to “Very High” on Wednesday and Thursday.

A State of Fire Emergency – meaning no outside fires – is still in place for the South Burnett, Cherbourg, Gympie, North Burnett, Toowoomba, Somerset and Western Downs council regions.

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