QFES crews are fighting a grass fire in Teelah.
QFES crews are fighting a grass fire in Teelah. Barclay White

21 crews fighting Teelah fire

FINAL UPDATE

FIREFIGHTERS ran for their lives when winds shifted and left them facing a wall of flames.  

Taromeo rural firefighter Al Livingstone was on the frontline holding a fire hose at the Teelah bushfire on Monday when he had to make a quick getaway.  

"I was down in the guts of it. I was down in that gully before and I had three hoses hooked up trying to contain it this side," he said.  

"About 20 metres from the creek the wind picked up and the fire just ran over the top of us. I had to cut my hose and run.  

"We had a flat tyre too, so we couldn't go too fast."  

A firefighter was injured during the response to the fire that burned more than 500 hectares.  

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services incident controller Bruce Groer said paramedics on site had tended to the man.  

"We've had a minor injury. A firefighter has fallen over and hurt his leg," Mr Groer said.  

QFES had 21 crews in Teelah working with two water bombers and a spotter helicopter after a watch and act message warned residents to enact their bushfire plan.  

"Leaving is the safest option for survival," the message said.  

"Residents are strongly advised to leave now if their plan is to do so or if they don't have a plan."  

Mr Groer said protecting property and resident's safety was the main concern of QFES.  

"We are trying to slow the fire with water bombing aircraft," he said.  

The watch and act message was cancelled at 8pm after a dramatic day of firefighting.

EARLIER:

  • Aircraft started reconnaissance at 8am
  • Firefighters spent the night at Teelah monitoring the fire
  • A QFES Strike team is on the scene

A RECON aerial mission started at 8am this morning at the Teelah bushfire.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) spokeswoman said the information would be used to "work out the plan of attack".

It was a long night for firefighters who back burned and monitored the fire.

A QFES strike team are assisting local urban and rural crews.

 

RECON: Aircraft were monitoring the fire at Teelah this monring. Photo Brandon Livesay/ South Burnett Times
RECON: Aircraft were monitoring the fire at Teelah this monring. Photo Brandon Livesay/ South Burnett Times Brandon Livesay

UPDATE 8pm: 

THE WATCH and Act message for Teelah has been cancelled and there is no more threat to homes. 

Crews will stay overnight backburning and strengthening containment lines.   

The fire is still burning and Queensland Fire and Emergency Service has asked "sightseers" to stay away.  

Heavy smoke is covering the area and motorists should be conscious of emergency service personnel moving around.    

UPDATE 6:35pm:

  • A firefighter has been injured
  • 21 crews on the ground trying to control the fire  
  • Two fixed wing water bombers are assisting
  • A spotter helicopter is overhead and relaying information
  • Earth moving equipment is being used to create fire breaks

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services incident controller Bruce Groer said a firefighter had suffered a minor injury this afternoon at the Teelah bushfire.

"A firefighter has fallen over and hurt his leg," Mr Groer.

On site paramedics assisted the firefighter.

Mr Groer said protecting property and resident's safety was the main concern of QFES.

"We're protecting the structures," he said.

"We are trying to slow the fire with water bombing aircraft."

Crews are expected to remain in Teelah throughout the night.

UPDATE 4pm: (new alert issued by QFES)

  • 18 crews and water bombers trying to control the fire  
  • Property threatened
  • Spot fires likely 
  • Residents should not expect a firefighter at their door

 

The fire in Teelah (south-east of Kingaroy). Photo Brandon Livesay / South Burnett Times
The fire in Teelah (south-east of Kingaroy). Photo Brandon Livesay / South Burnett Times Barclay White

 

Fire crews set up a headquarters near the fire. Photo Brandon Livesay / South Burnett Times
Fire crews set up a headquarters near the fire. Photo Brandon Livesay / South Burnett Times Barclay White

 

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is advising residents in the vicinity of Teelah (north-west of Blackbutt) to enact their bushfire plan. 

At 4pm a large, fast-moving bushfire was located at Teelah.

The fire is travelling in a south-easterly direction and is currently impacting the areas of Stretton Drive, Scotts Close and Wild Deer Drive.

This fire is moving quickly and firefighters are experiencing difficulty in controlling it.

Firefighters are conducting structural protection for a number of homes.

Water bombing and observation aircraft are assisting in fighting the blaze.

Spot fires may occur ahead of the fire front and embers are also being thrown from the fire.

The fire is expected to impact on the Teelah community and there is a chance that some property may be lost.

Power, water and mobile phone supplies may be lost in the area over the next several hours.

It will be very hot and windy and as the fire approaches it may become increasingly difficult to see, hear or breathe.

Residents are strongly advised to leave now if their plan is to do so or if they don't have a plan.

Leaving is the safest option for survival. Well prepared and defended homes can offer safety during the fire and may be defendable.

Currently, 18 fire crews are working to contain the blaze however firefighters will not be able to protect every affected property and residents should not expect a firefighter at their door.

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

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.

Stay up to date with warnings here or listen to local radio.  

UPDATE 1.45pm:

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is advising residents in the vicinity of Teelah (south-east of Kingaroy) to enact their bushfire plan.

At 1.45pm a large, fast-moving bushfire was located at Teelah.

The fire is travelling in asouth-easterly direction and is expected to impact the areas of Stretton Drive, Scotts Close and Wild Deer Drive between 2.30pm and 3pm. 

This fire is moving quickly and firefighters are experiencing difficulty in controlling it.

Spot fires may occur ahead of the fire front and embers are also being thrown from the fire.

The fire is expected to impact on the Teelah community and there is a chance that some property may be lost. Power, water and mobile phone supplies may be lost in the area over the next several hours.

It will be very hot and windy and as the fire approaches it may become increasingly difficult to see, hear or breathe. Residents are strongly advised to leave now if their plan is to do so or if they don't have a plan.

Leaving is the safest option for survival.

Well prepared and defended homes can offer safety during the fire and may be defendable.

Currently, 13 fire crews are working to contain the blaze with a further nine on the way but firefighters will not be able to protect every affected property and residents should not expect a firefighter at their door.

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

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.

Stay up to date with warnings.

EARLIER: 

CREWS are fighting to contain a large grass fire on Stretton Dr, Teelah.

12 Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) crews are working to control the fire which started at around 11am.

Another fire crew is currently on its way to Cherbourg where large plooms of smoke are coming from forestry near Old Wondai Rd.

Residents are advised to close windows and doors and keep medications for respiratory conditions close by.

Motorists are urged to drive to conditions.

It has been a busy day for QFES who were also called to a traffic crash in Kingaroy at 1.10pm, but their assistance was not required.

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