November 27, 2019

A bushfire broke out late on Wednesday afternoon near Golden Hills and Reinke roads at Widgee.

The fire was reported just after 4:00pm, after a storm passed through the area.

The Energex lightning tracker recorded multiple lightning strikes in areas south of Kilkivan.

At 5:10pm, QFES issued an “Advice” alert to local residents (see “What You Should Do”, below)

At 5:35pm, there were seven fire crews at the scene with another eight en route.

At 11:05pm, QFES said backburning operations would be undertaken overnight, but no properties were under threat.

Firefighters were also in action pn Wednesday afternoon at a fire near Harvey and Gympie-Woolooga roads at Lower Wonga.

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From QFES at 11:05pm

QFES, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and HQ Plantations crews are at the bushfire burning near Golden Hills Road and Reinke Road, Widgee.

Crews are working to contain the fire and will be conducting backburning operations overnight.

The fire is posing no threat to property at this time. People in the area may be affected by smoke over the coming days, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

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

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From QFES at 5:10pm

STAY INFORMED. Bushfire warning level: ADVICE

The bushfire is burning near Golden Hills Road and Reinke Road, Widgee.

Fire crews are working to contain the fire.

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 or 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, refer to it now and be 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 the situation changes.
  • 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.
  • Consider finding your essential items (eg. identification documents, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing such as a long-sleeved cotton shirt and trousers, and boots) in case you need to leave.
  • Consider what you will do to protect your pets and livestock.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Advise family and friends of your intended actions if the situation changes.

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. Originally published as “Widgee Fire: Advice”]

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