A large fire continues to burn in the Kinkuna area of the Burrum Coast National Park.
A large fire continues to burn in the Kinkuna area of the Burrum Coast National Park. Woodgate Rural Fire Brigade

Conditions ease as rain dampens flames, road reopens

UPDATE 5pm: Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there is a bushfire in Goodwood, formerly Woodgate fire, but conditions have eased and the warning level has been scaled back to advice

You need to keep up to date and decide what actions you will take if the situation changes.

Currently as at 4.30pm a bushfire is burning between the railway corridor and Woppis Rd, Goodwood, travelling in a southerly direction towards Isis River.

Due to rainfall from storms in the area, fire conditions have eased.

Residents in the area please be advised Woodgate Rd is now open.

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.  

 

UPDATE 3.15pm | WOODGATE Rd is now closed and residents on the road should leave now if they have not already done so.

A 3pm Queensland Fire and Emergency Service warning said power, water and mobile phone service may be lost.

UPDATE 2.30pm | RESIDENTS on Woodgate Rd, east of the railway corridor to Woppis Rd are to leave now.

The latest update released at 2.30pm by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises people on that road to leave in a west direction towards Goodwood.

Conditions of the fire, which started about 11am on Sunday, are getting worse and those in the affected areas should follow their bushfire survival plans now.

Resdients in the Woodgate township, east of Woppis Rd, are not under direct threat at this time.

The direction of the fires movements have changed from south-westerly to southerly and is burning between the railway corridor and Woppis Rd.

Property owners with livestock are asked to leave their gates open.

If you believe you are under threat, call 000 immediately.

Be aware that smoke will reduce visibility and air quality, and you should not expect a firefighter at your door.

Advice from QFES:

What you should do:

  • Listen to your local radio station or visit the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website for regular updates.
  • Put on protective clothing (e.g., a long-sleeved cotton shirt, boots with thick soles).
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

If you are leaving:

  • Secure your pets for safe transport.
  • Check for road closures and then advise family and friends of your intended travel route.
  • Take your important documents and essential items (e.g., passports, birth certificates, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing) when you leave.
  • Drive with caution in low visibility conditions.

If you are unable to leave:

  •  Bring pets inside; restrain them with a leash, a cage, or inside a secure room; and provide them with plenty of water.
  • 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.
  • If you suffer from a respiratory condition, keep your medication close by.

Keep up to date by:

  • Following QFES on Facebook (@QldFireandRescueService) and Twitter (@QldFES)
  • Staying tuned to your local radio station. Find your local ABC radio station at https://radio.abc.net.au/help/offline and your local commercial radio station at http://www.commercialradio.com.au/find-a-station/queensland;
  • Visiting the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map

Further information:

  •  For bushfire preparation tips, visit the RFS website: www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/BushFire_Safety
  • For information about road closures, call 13 19 40 or visit www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au\

12.30pm | ANOTHER warning has been released by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services detailing the same advice as the statement released about 10am.

The next update can be expected at 2.10pm, in the meantime follow previous advice below.

10.30am | THE latest information from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has shown no change, with residents advised to be prepared to leave.

Released about 10am, the update continues to hold a 'watch and act' warning level instructing people in the area to be ready to follow bushfire survival plans, or be ready to leave if they do not have a plan, as conditions could worse quickly.

Crews are working to create and strengthen containment lines in the area and will continue to conduct backburning.

A QFES spokesman said there is currently two aircraft working in the area, one doing mapping and another conducting water bombing if necessary.

He said about 15 vehicles were at the scene, with 12 being operational urban and rural fire trucks, which equated to more than 40 firefighters working to get the blaze under control.

Location of the fire in Woodgate
Location of the fire in Woodgate Contributed

Aerial mapping is being conducted to produce an accurate picture to the extent of the damage, but the spokesman said fireys have reported between an estimated 3500 and 4000 hectares are destroyed so far.

If you feel that your property is under threat, call 000 immediately.

The next update from QFES is expected to be released around midday.

Here is the current advice from QFES:

What you should do:

  • Listen to your local radio station or visit the Rural Fire Service (RFS) 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 (e.g., passports, birth certificates, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing) in case you need to leave the area.
  • Put on protective clothing (e.g., 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 (@QldFireandRescueService) and Twitter (@QldFES)
  • Staying tuned to your local radio station. Find your local ABC radio station at https://radio.abc.net.au/help/offline and your local commercial radio station at http://www.commercialradio.com.au/find-a-station/queensland;
  • Visiting the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map

Further information:

  • For bushfire preparation tips, visit the RFS website: www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/BushFire_Safety
  • For information about road closures, call 13 19 40 or visit www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au

 

9.30am | THE Woodgate fire currently burning through the Burrum Coast National Park is believed to have been deliberately lit, says the Woodgate Rural Fire Brigade.

The fireys posted a video of the blaze burning through a resident's property last night, and wrote: "This fire is not as a result of a hazard reduction burn gone wrong, but was caused by someone lighting at least five fires some distance apart across the park on Sunday morning".

The fire began just before 11am on Sunday, and conditions deteriorated last night, with residents warned to prepare to leave.

Crews from across the Wide Bay spent the night attempting to get the blaze under control, as it burned through the grazing land.

An incident control centre has been set up at the Woodgate Rural Fire Service station as authorities throw everything they have at the fire.

Bundaberg Regional Council advises the Woodgate Waste Facility will be closed today as a precaution due to the fire.

7.35am | A FIRE burning in the Burrum Coast National Park remains uncontrolled this morning, with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services warning residents in the area to have an evacuation plan.

The latest alert was issued 6.45am and said conditions could get worse throughout the day as a large fire is burning in the Kinkuna section of the park.

Residents in the area are advised to prepare to leave, but at the moment the warning level remains as watch and act.

The fire has changed direction overnight, now moving in a south-westerly direction towards Woodgate Rd, which is likely to have an impact on the road between the rail crossing and Woppis Rd.

People in the affected area should be ready to follow their bushfire survival plan, or be prepared to leave if they do not have one, and should not expect a firefighter at their door.

People in the area, and as far as Childers, Howard and Torbanlea, mat be affected by smoke, which may reduce visibility and air quality.

If you believe your property is under threat, call 000 immediately.

The next update will be provided by 8.40am, or if the situation changes.

QFES advice:

What you should do:

. Listen to your local radio station or visit the Rural Fire Service (RFS) 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 (e.g., passports, birth certificates, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing) in case you need to leave the area.

. Put on protective clothing (e.g., 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 (@QldFireandRescueService) and Twitter (@QldFES)

. Staying tuned to your local radio station. Find your local ABC radio station at https://radio.abc.net.au/help/offline and your local commercial radio station at http://www.commercialradio.com.au/find-a-station/queensland;

. Visiting the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map

Further information:

. For bushfire preparation tips, visit the RFS website: www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/BushFire_Safety

. For information about road closures, call 13 19 40 or visit www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au



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