Don’t post on Facebook, dial 000 in an emergency
PEOPLE are being reminded to dial 000 in the event of an emergency after a member of the public posted photos of grass fire on Facebook on Sunday afternoon, asking people to call the Chinchilla Fire Station.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Dalby Command Acting Inspector Tony Guse urged people to stay off social media and to immediately phone 000.
“The standard right across the board for all emergency services – especially... this time of year when it’s a more active time for grass fire season – we do ask people to ring 000.”
After receiving a phone call, firefighters arrived at a grass fire that was burning across open space on the Chinchilla State High School’s agricultural science plot between Skewis St and Sommerfeld Crescent around 3.30pm on Sunday.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Chinchilla Fire Station Lieutenant Dale Wheeler said when firefighters arrived, the block was burning and flames were licking along the Colorbond fences of neighbouring properties.
Lt Wheeler said neighbours were on their fences with hoses out, helping extinguish the blaze.
Lt Wheeler said a small burn on a property next door to the agricultural science plot had “somehow got away” and sparked the fire.
It was the firies’ second call-out this weekend, after an electric fence sparked a grass fire along Charleys Creek, off Wondai and Red Hill Rd, around 3am on Saturday morning.
Rural Fire Brigades from Pelican and Boonarga had to be called in as the conventional red and white fire trucks were unable to navigate the terrain.
That fire re-ignited around 1pm on Saturday afternoon after a burned-out tree fell over.
CALLED OUT: Firefighters put out the grass fire in the area between Skewis St and Sommerfeld Crescent.