Tuesday, November 12, 2019

State of Fire Emergency Declared in Lockyer Valley Regional Council Area and 41 other Local Government Areas

please see the Declaration below, which was published here

Key Message in the Declaration:
  • The declaration overrides all existing permits to light fire, banned fireworks and the lighting of any outdoor cooking fires.
  • The declaration also prohibits welding, grinding and the use of oxy acetylene cutting or heating outdoors.
  • The use of the machinery and power tools in open areas has the potential to exacerbate the bushfire risk, which is why it is essential people do not use these tools outdoors.
Click on the Fire Danger and Weather tab above for access to the latest information on local Fire Danger ratings, weather forecasts and current weather conditions.

 

State of Fire Emergency declared

9th November 2019 3:41 PM
 
Effective 5pm, Saturday 9 November 2019

A State of Fire Emergency has been declared across 42 Local Government Areas in Queensland, following a period of significantly heightened fire weather conditions expected to continue into next week.

The State of Fire Emergency prohibits the lighting of all types of outdoor fires, and bans certain activities that can cause fires to ignite.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Acting Commissioner Mike Wassing said fire crews were battling multiple blazes and all possible steps had to be taken to prevent further fires igniting.

“We’re experiencing tinder box-like conditions across much of the state and all it takes is one spark to start a fire that may burn for days,” Mr Wassing said.

“This declaration is vital to prevent bushfires breaking out and posing a danger to lives and property.”

Mr Wassing said the declaration overrode all existing permits to light fire, banned fireworks and the lighting of any outdoor cooking fires.

“The declaration also prohibits welding, grinding and the use of oxy acetylene cutting or heating outdoors,” he said.

“The use of the machinery and power tools in open areas has the potential to exacerbate the bushfire risk, which is why it is essential people do not use these tools outdoors.

“The declaration also gives QFES the authority to draw on private resources, such as plant and equipment, to assist in firefighting or preparation.”
Mr Wassing said substantial penalties could be issued to those who breached the declaration.

“The penalties for contravening this declaration are serious – a fine of up to $3,336 or two years imprisonment,” he said.

“Our crews are doing a fantastic job protecting lives and property, and we ask that Queenslanders continue to do their part to prevent fires starting and spreading.”

Mr Wassing urged Queenslanders to remain vigilant and continue to follow the advice of authorities.

“Everyone should have a bushfire survival plan and know what they are going to do if a fire approaches,” he said.

“People need to keep up-to-date on the QFES website and social media channels, and tune into local radio.

“It is important they follow the advice given and don’t leave it too late to evacuate if they need to.

“Bushfire prevention is a community effort, so it is essential people report fires and to Triple Zero (000) immediately.”

The declaration will be in effect until revoked.

Local Government Areas included in State of Fire Emergency:
QFES South Eastern Region
LGAs Included:
Gold Coast City
Ipswich City
Lockyer Valley Regional
Logan City
Scenic Rim Regional
Somerset Regional

Sunday, December 2, 2018


Severe Fire Danger and Fire Bans - Lockyer Valley Region - 2 December 2018

Severe Fire Danger - Lockyer Valley Region

from: http://www.ewn.com.au/alerts/qld-fire-weather-warning-2018-12-01-395785.weather
Issued at 4:12 pm EST on Saturday 1 December 2018.

Weather Situation
Westerly winds will strengthen on Sunday across southern Queensland ahead of another surface trough in the southwest. Combined with ongoing hot and dry conditions, Severe fire dangers are forecast across southern and southeastern districts on Sunday. With some instability also ahead of the trough, isolated high-based thunderstorms are possible along the coastal fringe south of Mackay and through inland southern Queensland. These thunderstorms may be gusty, but will have little to no rainfall.

For Sunday 2 December:

Severe Fire Danger is forecast for the following forecast districts:
Central Highlands and Coalfields, Maranoa and Warrego, Darling Downs and Granite Belt, Wide Bay and Burnett and Southeast Coast

The Rural Fire Service Queensland advises you to:
- Action your Bushfire Survival Plan now.
- Monitor the fire and weather situation through your local radio station,
www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au and www.bom.gov.au.
- Call 000 (Triple Zero) in an emergency.

For information on preparing for bushfires go to www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.

Fire Danger Rating Maps
see http://alerts3.ewn.com.au/images/201812/01161833_qldfww_ewn.png


Fire Bans - Lockyer Valley Region

See:  https://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/Bushfire_Safety/Neighbourhood-Safer-Places/lgas/Pages/Lockyer-Valley-Regional-Council.aspx

A Fire Ban applies from 0001hrs Sunday 2 December 2018 to midnight Sunday 2 December 2018 in the following local government areas:  Gold Coast, Ipswich, Somerset, Lockyer, Logan and Scenic Rim.

All Permits to Light Fire previously issued in the fire ban area are hereby cancelled.

For more information please see the Fire Ban Declaration.​ https://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/BushFire_Safety/Neighbourhood-Safer-Places/lgas/List%20Documents/11218FireBan-SouthEast.pdf

Fire Bans: There IS a Fire Ban for this Shire
Start Date: 2/12/2018 12:00 AM
End Date: 2/12/2018 11:55 PM
Attachment: Fire Ban Declaration

Fire Restrictions

Please review your local council website for any policies or local restrictions.  For any additional information please contact your local Fire Warden or Rural Fire Service Area Office.


For Smokespotters only: Please make sure you know where your bearing compass is and report all sightings of smoke to a Coordinator (see numbers below)


when it comes to bushfires, we are all neighbours
__________________________________
Helidon Hills Smoke Spotter Coordinators:
Gordon Claridge 5462 1028 / 0401 346 036
Mike Ford 4600 9960 / 0418 732 504
KP Neilson 4697 8053 / 040 555 9812

email: smokespotters@gmail.com (not for reporting smoke)

http://www.smokespotters.blogspot.com.au/

Thursday, October 11, 2018

How to prepare your property for the fire season

Just came across this page on the Victorian Country Fire Authority website on preparing your property for the fire season.

 Each of the "!"s in the graphic link to a hint on site preparation.
It has a very good combination of graphic and text to get the main points across and some quite specific guidelines, as well as links to much more detailed material on a range of relevant topics.

See here: https://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/how-to-prepare-your-property



Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Fire Ban - Wednesday 19 Septemer to Friday 21 September

A fire ban is current from Wednesday 0001hrs 19 September until 2359 Friday 21 September 2018

in the local government areas of Gold Coast, Ipswich, Somerset, Lockyer, Logan and Scenic Rim.  

Start Date: 19/09/2018 12:05 AM

End Date: 21/09/2018 11:55 PM

Link:  To see the terms of the Fire Ban:  https://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/BushFire_Safety/Neighbourhood-Safer-Places/lgas/List Documents/20180919_FireBan_SER.pdf






when it comes to bushfires, we are all neighbours
__________________________________
Helidon Hills Smoke Spotter Coordinators:
Gordon Claridge 5462 1028 / 0401 346 036
Mike Ford 4600 9960 / 0418 732 504
KP Neilson 4697 8053 / 040 555 9812

email: smokespotters@gmail.com (not for reporting smoke)

http://www.smokespotters.blogspot.com.au/

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Saturday 1 September - Very High Fire Danger in the Lockyer

The forecast Fire Danger Rating for the area including the Lockyer Valley Region was changed to Very High for today, 1 September. [ http://www.bom.gov.au/qld/forecasts/fire-danger-ratings.shtml ]

Not surprising considering the high winds through the area, relatively low humidity and very dry conditions.

Forecast for tomorrow is High, followed by current forecast of Low-Moderate for Monday and Tuesday - but keep in mind the very dry conditions in the Lockyer which are unlikely to have changed.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Smokespotters website links updated

I've just been through the tab pages at the top of this website and tested and updated the links.  Quite a few of them were out of date.

Please, if you find a link that is broken, or information that is incorrect, email me at gfclaridge [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk with the details of exactly what is wrong.

While I was doing this I had a look at the page-views statistics for this website.

The Helidon Hills Smokespotters website went 'live' in August 2012.  In the six years since then there have been 14,643 page-views, with 365 page-views last month.

By the way, the Smokespotters group is 10 years old this month.

Fire Danger in all of SEQ is Very High - local Fire Bans in place in 6 LGAs to midnight 20 August


From: https://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/BushFire_Safety/Neighbourhood-Safer-Places/lgas/List%20Documents/UpdatedFireBan15-20Aug18.pdf

A prohibition on lighting fires in the open applies for the period 0001hrs Thursday 16th August 2018 to 2359 hrs on Monday 20th August 2018 in the fire ban area(s) specified hereunder:

Within the whole of the Local Government Areas of:
Ipswich
Somerset
Lockyer
Logan
Scenic Rim
Gold Coast

All Permits to Light Fire previously issued in the local fire ban area are hereby cancelled, subject to the following exemptions.