ARSON: QFES estimate the Binjour fire burned several hundred acres of land. Authorities are treating the blaze as suspicious.
ARSON: QFES estimate the Binjour fire burned several hundred acres of land. Authorities are treating the blaze as suspicious. QFES

Bushfire blazes in Binjour

UPDATE: Authorities suspect a fire bug is on the loose and believe several bushfire that started in the region over the weekend were deliberately lit.

They are treating the fire at Binjour as suspicious.

The blaze began off the Burnett Highway, near Binjour Rd and Binjour Branch Creek Rd, before spreading east towards Mount Perry.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services estimate it has burnt several hundred acres of land, travelling into forestry where containment lines were cut to control the fire.

QFES Gayndah area commander Kent Freeman said while it was unconfirmed, the fire was "highly unusual”.

"The reason we have come to that conclusion is there were fires set all along the highway, at fairly regular intervals, down to Blackbutt,” Mr Freeman said.

"It is highly unusual for fires to start along the side of the road at that frequency.

"We can only assume they were deliberatly lit.

"I can't confirm it but it seems to be that way.”

YESTERDAY: Five Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews are on-scene at a bushfire in Binjour, northwest of Gayndah.

At this stage, the blaze is growing in size and QFES has warned North Burnett residents to remain alert as they assess weather conditions.

Properties are not under direct threat at this time, however people in the area are advised to keep up to date and decide what actions to take if the situation worsens.

The most recent update reported the fire near Binjour Rd and Binjour Branch Creek Rd, travelling east towards Mount Perry.

People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you or your property is under threat.

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, 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 (e.g., 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 and Twitter.
  • 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 map on the Rural Fire Service website.

FURTHER INFORMATION:

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

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