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Woolooga Bushfire: Update

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December 4, 2019

Firefighters are strengthening containment lines around a bushfire burning north of Woolooga.

At 9:15am on Wednesday, QFES said Brooweena-Woolooga Road was closed in both directions at Running Creek Bridge and smoke may be affecting the surrounding areas.

The bridge has been badly damaged in the blaze, with video posted online showing portions of the wooden structure on fire.

At 1:20pm, 12 fire crews were at the scene.

At 5:10pm, QFES said firefighters were continuing to monitor the fire and strengthen containment lines.

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On Tuesday:

Firefighters were called just after noon on Tuesday to a bushfire burning near Brooweena-Woolooga Road, north of Woolooga.

The fire was sparked by a car crash at Running Creek Bridge.

The three occupants of the vehicle – believed to be tourists – were taken to Gympie Hospital for observation.

At 2:50pm, QFES issued an “Advice” alert for the fire (see below).

At 3:00pm, 18 fire units were at the incident.

The QFES said properties were not under direct threat.

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From QFES at 10:30pm:

QFES crews remain on scene at a bushfire burning in the vicinity of Brooweena-Woolooga Road.

Fire crews will monitor the blaze overnight and work to strengthen containment lines tomorrow morning. Smoke may affect the surrounding areas. 

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From QFES at 4:55pm:

STAY INFORMED. Bushfire warning level: ADVICE

The bushfire burning in the vicinity of Brooweena-Woolooga Road is now contained.

QFES crews remain on scene and will continue to monitor the area overnight.

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From QFES at 2:50pm:

STAY INFORMED. Bushfire warning level: ADVICE

QFES advises there is a bushfire in Woolooga.

You need to keep up to date and decide what actions you will take if the situation changes (see “What You Should Do“, below).

At 2:50pm on Tuesday, a bushfire is burning in the vicinity of Brooweena-Woolooga Road, north of Woolooga.

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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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. Published originally as “Woolooga Bushfire: Advice”]

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