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North Coast vegetation fires sparked by lightning strikes

11/01/2013 9:51:17 AM

North Coast residents urged to report fires from lightning strikes
The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) is urging residents across the North Coast Region to phone Triple Zero (000) immediately if they spot fires. A severe thunderstorm impacted the region including Kingaroy, Monto, Blackbutt and Nanango yesterday afternoon and sparked a number of vegetation fires. Aerial reconnaissance is being carried out today in the region however fire crews do seek the assistance of the community in locating fires as they occur.

Cloyna (north of Murgon) - vegetation fire
Seven fire crews are at the scene of a grass fire burning in remote country near Cobbs Hill Road, Cloyna (north of Murgon), which was sparked from a lightning strike yesterday. Firefighters are working to establish containment lines today. The fire is not under control at this time however there is no threat to property. An aircraft is on scene assisting crews. An incident control centre has been established at the Murgon Fire Station and local residents with questions can speak with a member of the incident management team at the station. Residents experiencing smoke in their area are advised to keep doors and windows closed and medications close by if they suffer from a respiratory condition. Motorists are also urged to drive with caution.

Elgin Vale (west of Gympie) - vegetation fire
Nine fire crews and an aircraft are working to contain a grass fire at Manumbar Road, Elgin Vale (west of Gympie) which was sparked from a lightning strike yesterday. A dozer is assisting to finish off containment lines. It is expected the fire will be completely contained by midday. An incident control centre has been established at the Murgon Fire Station and local residents with questions can speak with a member of the incident management team at the station. Residents experiencing smoke in their area are advised to keep doors and windows closed and medications close by if they suffer from a respiratory condition. Motorists are also urged to drive with caution.


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