Bushfire contained after huge water bombing effort

A bushfire has been burning near Moonie since Tuesday.
A bushfire has been burning near Moonie since Tuesday. Christopher Chan GLA061012FIRE

UPDATE - 3.30pm: THE bushfire burning near Moonie (north of Goondiwindi) which broke containment lines earlier today is now contained.

Four water bombing aircraft are conducting fire suppression activities to extinguish spot fires being cause by the blaze.

Residents in the Crowders Creek, Mundagai, Tarcoola and Cattle Creek areas are asked to remain vigilant. The fire is travelling in an easterly direction.  

Residents and travellers are asked to keep up-to-date with warnings and report any bushfires in the area. Motorists are urged to avoid the immediate area as crews conduct firefighting operations.

UPDATE - 12.10pm Sunday: A large bushfire is burning 20 kilometres east south-east of Moonie (north of Goondiwindi) in the Weir River area.

Emergency services report that the fire has spotted and has jumped containment lines and is burning both sides of Weir River.

Residents in the Waar Waar, Crowders Creek, Mundagai, Tarcoola and Cattle Creek areas are asked to remain vigilant. The fire is travelling in a north-easterly direction.  

Currently, ten Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) and two Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) crews are working to contain the blaze, which started on Tuesday.

Earth moving equipment is also being used to assist with containing the fire. Two aerial water bombers are in action at the scene, working to protect a number of properties in the area.  950 hectares of land has been burnt by this fire.

Residents and travellers are asked to remain vigilant, keep up-to-date with warnings and report any bushfires in the area. Motorists are urged to avoid the immediate area as crews conduct firefighting operations.

Residents should consider taking precautionary measures including:
• Putting on protective clothing;
• Drinking lots of water;
• Moving car/s to a safe location;
• Closing windows and doors and shutting blinds;
• Bringing pets inside, restraining them (leash, cage or secure room) and providing water;
• Wetting down fine fuels close to buildings;
• Removing garden furniture, doormats and other items;
• Sealing all gaps under doors and screens;
• Filling containers with water - eg bath, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins;
• Having ladders ready for roof space access (inside) and against roof (outside);
• Having a generator or petrol powered pump ready; and
• Checking and patrolling outside for embers, extinguishing any spot fires and seeking         shelter as the fire front arrives.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if they believe their property comes under threat.



SATURDAY: A NUMBER of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services crews are on scene at a bushfire burning 5km east of Moonie, near Crowders Creek Rd.

The fire, which started on Tuesday, is currently not threatening any properties.

Crews are working to contain the fire and aerial water bombing will be conducted this afternoon.

Residents and travellers are asked to remain vigilant and report any bushfires in the area.

If residents feel their property is under threat they are advised to call Triple Zero (000) immediately. 

 Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) has also imposed a local fire ban in the region from midnight tonight (16/11/14) to midnight Tuesday night (18/11/14).

Local Government areas within the following regions - Goondiwindi, Southern Downs, Western Downs and Toowoomba, are subject to the ban. 

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Lee Johnson said severe fire conditions in these regions meant the weather was perfect for bushfires to ignite and spread quickly.

"Under a local fire ban all open fires are prohibited and all Permits to Light Fire which have been issued in the designated areas have been cancelled," Mr Johnson said.

Mr Johnson said the following types of fires were permitted during a local fire ban, providing conditions were followed:

• Fires for cooking purposes within a properly constructed barbeque (gas or electric) if not left unattended;
• Fires for the purpose of disposing of animal carcasses subject to the issue of a Permit to Light Fire by your local Fire Warden;
• Fires of commercial necessity subject to the issue of a Permit to Light Fire by your local Area Director of Rural Fire Service Queensland;
• Fires lit for the purpose of burning standing sugar cane for harvest in accordance with the established practice of the industry; and
• Fires lit for the purpose of burning sugar cane tops and trash between the hours of 6.00pm and 5.00am.

"Power tools may be used during a local fire ban however the QFES encourages people to use these with extreme care and ensure adequate equipment is available to extinguish any fire which may start," he said.

"This may include having a person available to watch out for any ignitions that occur."

Mr Johnson said the G20 Summit declared area will be exempt from the local fire ban imposed for the Brisbane Region.

For more information contact your local Fire Warden or call 1300 369 003.

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