November 21, 2019

Motorists have been urged to drive with caution on the Wide Bay Highway because of smoke from a large fire burning near Goomeri.

At noon on Thursday, police advised motorists travelling eastbound from Goomeri to avoid the Kinbombi area.

They said elderly residents living around Goomeri should stay indoors due to the large amount of smoke.

Fire crews were called to the blaze, burning near the Wide Bay Highway and Coleman Siding Road, just after 11:00am.

At 12:10pm, QFES issued a “Stay Informed: Advice” alert for Cinnibar.

This was upgraded at 12:35pm to “Prepare To Leave: Watch and Act” (See What You Should Do, below).

QFES said multiple crews were on scene working to contain the fire, which was travelling in a south-westerly direction.

At 12:45pm, there were 10 fire crews in action with another dozen on the way.

At 2:38pm, there were 28 crews at the incident with another eight en route.

At 2:45pm, the bushfire alert was reduced back to “Stay Informed: Advice” with QFES advising the fire had now been contained.

At 4:40pm, fire crews were mopping up.

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From QFES at 4:40pm

The fire is burning within containment lines and is posing no threat to property at this time.

Crews are currently strengthening containment lines and mopping up.

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

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From QFES at 2:45pm

STAY INFORMED. Bushfire warning level: ADVICE

QFES crews have contained a bushfire at Boonaravale Road and Kimbombi Road, Cinnabar.

Crews will continue to make the area safe, while heavy machinery strengthens containment lines.

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

Motorists should drive to conditions. Queensland Police will continue to undertake traffic control until the area is safe.

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 12:35pm

PREPARE TO LEAVE. Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

A large, fast-moving and unpredictable fire is burning near the Wide Bay Highway and Coleman Siding Road.

The fire is travelling in a south-westerly direction towards Kinbombi Road and Boonaravale Road. The fire may impact Kinbombi 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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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

The next update will be provided by 2.35pm or if the situation changes.

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[UPDATED: Originally published as “Cinnibar Fire: Stay Informed”]

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