QPWS response – Weir River (near Moonie) bushfires

Issued: 2 Mar 2023

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) rangers are actively involved in the firefighting effort to support the ongoing bushfire response led by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) in the Western Downs region.

QPWS is working with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries – Forest Products (DAF) and QFES to contain fires within Kumbarilla and Waar Waar State Forests.

The fires entered the State forests from Cecil Plains Road early yesterday (1 March 2023).

To support the response, QPWS and DAF have deployed departmental assets from across the state including approximately 40 staff members both on the fireground and in planning and supporting roles.

QPWS and DAF have deployed their heavy machinery including bulldozers, trucks and skidders to construct containment lines.

The State forests in the Western Downs region support the commercial production of hardwood timber species and cypress pine.

Cypress pine is fire sensitive and an important resource for the local timber industry within the surrounding communities.

Additionally, State forests hold significant natural, environmental and cultural values.

Smoke can decrease visibility on the roads, so it is important that motorists drive safely to the conditions.

Anyone who may be affected by smoke should take any necessary precautions.

If members of the public are in or near this location they must observe all signage, barriers, and directions from rangers, and must not enter closed areas.

See the QFES site for all current warnings, updates and mapping.