Don’t post on Face­book, dial 000 in an emer­gency

Chinchilla News - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: MATTHEW NEW­TON

CALLED OUT: Fire­fight­ers put out the grass fire in the area be­tween Skewis St and Som­mer­feld Cres­cent.

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