The bush fire was only 500 metres away from the corner of Smith Rd and Kahler Rd near Michelle Binstead's place, as the fire travelled through Booie and Glan Devon oon Thursday September 20.
The bush fire was only 500 metres away from the corner of Smith Rd and Kahler Rd near Michelle Binstead's place, as the fire travelled through Booie and Glan Devon oon Thursday September 20. Michelle Binstead

Families evacuated, roads closed as bushfires rage

UPDATE Friday September 21, 1.50pm: BOTH the Booie bush fire and the Glan Devon bush fire have been downgraded. 

There are currently three Queensland Fire and Emergency Service crews at the Booie bush fire, which is burning near Smith Rd and Pates Rd.

The fireys are currently monitoring the fire, which poses no threats to any properties at this time. 

QFES crews were able to contain, and put out the Glan Devon fire near Lockes Rd. 

UPDATE 8.40PM: Crews will be monitoring the Booie bushfire and constructing firebreaks throughout the evening.

QFES advises residents keep up to date and decide what actions you will take if the situation changes.

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

South Burnett Regional Council advises Booie Rd from Coolabunia-Malar Rd intersection to Smith Road intersection is closed due to the impact of a fire in the area and potential debris.

The road closure will be reassessed and an update provided by 8.30am tomorrow, Friday September 21.

EARLIER 7PM: LOCKE Lane, Nanango, remains closed as a bushfire threatens the area.

A South Burnett Regional Council spokeswoman said the road would remain closed overnight due to the impact of the fire in the area and potential debris.

The road closure will be reassessed and an update provided by 8.30am tomorrow, Friday September 21.

Fifteen crews remain on scene at the Locke Lane bushfire.

QFES advises residents to stay informed and up to date with safety warnings.

A PREPARE TO LEAVE warning remains in place for a bushfire at Booie, near Smith Rd and Pates Rd, with 24 crews on scene fighting the blaze.

EARLIER 5.40PM: QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency service crews are advising residents to stay informed of the bushfires around Booie and Glan Devon. 

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

There are currently 16 QFES crews on scene, and six crews en route to the fire burning on Smith Rd and Pates Rd, Booie.

Booie resident Michelle Binstead could see the fire from her place, which burned only 500 metres away from the corner of Smith Rd and Kahler Rd. 

There are 18 QFES crews on scene at the fire at Locke Lane, Glan Devon.

"I had only gone up to check my neighbour's horses as requested, arriving in time to open the gate for the fire trucks to enter," she said. 

Her neighbour's property was up in flames, and Ms Binstead could not see her neighbour's horses. 

"I have been advised to prepare to evacuate as well, so I had all the animals ready to leave," she said. 

"Leads on dogs, halter and ropes on the horses, all named and with phone numbers on them ready."

She was thankful for the work of the emergency services.

"Firies and police were doing an amazing job," she said. 

EARLIER 3.45PM: QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services advises there is a fast moving bush fire around Glan Devon and Booie, and conditions could get worse.

The fast-moving fire is travelling in an easterly direction from Pates Rd towards Faulkners Rd. The fire is likely to impact Faulkners Rd.

Several families have already been evacuated, with husbands of those families currently out fighting the fires.

Firefighters have also asked property owners to open their gates so crews can access the fire and fight it from a different front.

Fire crews are working to contain the fire but firefighters may not be able to protect every property. 

You need to be ready to follow your bushfire survival plan. 

If you do not have a plan, or intend to leave, you should be ready to leave the area because the situation could get worse quickly.

EARLIER 3.15PM: SIXTEEN fire crews are currently on scene at a vegetation fire at Locke Lane, Glan Devon.

Rural QFES crews and urban fire trucks are working to contain the fire, with another four crews en route.

A second fire broke out at about 1.15pm.

SES have closed Locke Lane and Smith Rd, and our reporter was asked to move on as it was deemed unsafe.

A QFES spokesman said crews reported seeing large plumes of smoke and the crews are currently conducting back burning.

Motorists are urged to use caution and drive to conditions, with the fire in the vicinity of the Burnett Highway and Phipps St East.

Vickie Sullivan sent in this photo of the fire near Nanango.
Vickie Sullivan sent in this photo of the fire near Nanango. Vickie Sullivan

Queensland police will be directing traffic safely away from the fire, the QFES spokesman said.

The fire was reported to be around 20 acres in size.

Smoke may affect residents and motorists in the area.

Residents should close their doors and windows and keep medication close by if suffering from a respiratory condition.

If you believe your property is under threat, you should call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

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