Crews still fighting two major bush fires in the region

UPDATE Monday 9am:

FIRE fighters to Gympie's north and south-west are still fighting two major bush fires today after a hard weekend of back burning and containment, the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service report.

The emergency has now prompted advice from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service for people with burning permits to check conditions with their local fire warden, especially in continuing windy conditions.

From rugged bush land near Imbil to the national park east of Glenwood fire-fighting resources were stretched over a weekend of mostly dry and windy weather over a large area of south-east and central Queensland.

QFES regional manager for rural fire services, Peter Hollier said a third fire, also near Imbil had been relatively quickly subdued.

But the major near-Imbil blaze had now moved into inaccessible country in the vast and rugged Conondale Naitonal Park, which runs from Imbil to near Kilcoy.


"It started Saturday near Borumba Dam and we've been working hard to keep it away from private property in the last couple of days.

"But it's now moved into difficult terrain, goat country and we are now waiting for it to reach accessible areas where we can back burn.

QFES regional manager for rural fire services, Peter Hollier.
QFES regional manager for rural fire services, Peter Hollier.


"We're working with Parks and the Hancock Plantation people.

The Glenwood fire had moved from private property into national park in dry and windy conditions on Saturday, during a period of "very high fire danger."

"The Queenslnd Parks and Wildlife Service has set up an incident control centre in Gympie and the QFES is helping them," Mr Hollier said.

"We had crews along the fire ground last night.

"Rain overnight has helped a little but has not been enough to put the fire out," he said.

"We've had a number of fires where hazard reduction burning has got away.

"We're encouraging landowners with permits to adhere to its conditions and check the winds and double check with fire wardens to ensure it is still safe.


"We had very high fire danger on Saturday and Sunday and this can potentially void a burn permit, so that's what they need to check.

"We've had particular danger between 11am and 4pm."

He said light rain and cooler conditions overnight had reduced the danger but not much.

"It was very high and now it is high," he said.

"The temps are lower but it's still very windy.

"How much help rain will be depends on how much we get.

"We need to remember that soil moisture is very low at the moment and that means vegetation can dry out very quickly.




Multiple crews of fire fighters are battling two fires near Imbil and one major blaze in difficult country near Glenwood, north of Gympie.

One of the Imbil fires is said to be moving towards a private property and the other is closer to Borumba Dam, where campers are being kept informed.

The third fire is burning near Glenwood and backburning is underway after an extensive overnight effort to control the blaze, which in places is potentially threatening to homes.

A Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service spokeswoman has confirmed a significant fire is burning in the Conondale National Park, a very large and rugged bushland area which runs south from Imbil State Forest to near Kilcoy and Maleny.

"Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers are working with rural fire crews and volunteers from a neighbouring property to contain a fire currently burning in Conondale National Park," she said.

"Firelines are being established and backburning will be carried out later today as the fire is burning slowly downhill towards a neighbouring property.

"Ranger are also responding to reports of second fire at Bella Creek Rd near Borumba Dam.

"Campers are being kept informed and are not at risk," she said.

"QPWS crews will be burning near Anderleigh Rd to contain the southern end of a fire in Neerdie State Forest 2 at Glenwood.

"This follows an extensive effort overnight involving four QPWS crews working with the Rural Fire Service to control the fire near Neerdie Rd," she said.

She said rural fire crews were managing the northern end of the fire adjacent to Arbor Eighteen Rd.

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