Storms ease threat of fires

Fires at Undullah
Fires at Undullah

Fires fanned by hot, dry conditions led to the destruction of 1050 hectares in Flagstone and 120 hectares in Mundoolun and Birnam.

A horror week saw 52 crews from across South East Queensland and seven aerial attend the fires, which burned fiercely, threatening homes over the four days.

Fire conditions eased after storms brought welcome rain on Thursday 28 September, with bushfire warnings in these areas cancelled by 5pm.

‘Prepare to leave’ warnings were issued for Flagstone, Jimboomba, Birnam and Mundoolun.

Birnam resident Alicia Ann’s property was affected by the fires, but their home was saved, thanks to the efforts of fire fighters.

“Our home is safe due to the absolutely amazing efforts of all of our local rural fire fighters and the Queensland fire service,” she said. 

“At one point we did have four water bombing helicopters and two planes helping to save our land and that of our neighbours.”

“The coordination and efforts these members put in is commendable and truly amazing.” 

“We go to bed tonight with our homes safe, thanks to these guys.”

Rural Fire Service Area Director Corey Bock encouraged Scenic Rim residents to familiarise themselves with the new Fire Danger Rating system which was introduced across Australia last year and to learn about the actions they should take according to each threat level ranging from moderate to catastrophic.

“QFES is well-equipped to deal with bushfires and their highly skilled and well-trained firefighters are ready to respond, but bushfire preparation is a community effort,” Mr Bock said. 

The Rural Fire Service welcomes new recruits, aged 16 years and over. 

“If you are a community-minded person looking for a new challenge or the opportunity to learn new skills and meet new people, I encourage you to contact your local Rural Fire Brigade or visit the QFES website for more information,” Mr Bock said.

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