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EMERGENCY WARNING for bushfire at Stradbroke Island as at 8.15pm

4/01/2014 9:34:58 PM

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) are advising residents between Gatumba Street and Beehive Road to leave the area now if the path is clear to do so.

At 8pm a large bushfire was located at east of Myora. The fast moving fire is travelling in a north-westerly direction and is expected to impact the between Gatumba Street and Beehive Road around 9pm.

This fire is moving quickly and is currently uncontrolled. Spot fires are likely to start up to four kilometres ahead of the fire front and embers are also being thrown from the fire.

The fire is expected to impact on the community between Gatumba Street and Beehive Road and some property may be lost. Power, water and mobile phone supplies may be lost in the area over the next several hours.

It will be very hot and windy and as the fire approaches it will become increasingly difficult to breathe.

Residents are strongly advised to leave now if they are able to do so. Leaving is the safest option for survival.

Well prepared and defended homes can offer safety during the fire and may be defendable.

Currently, multiple fire crews are working to contain the blaze but firefighters will not be able to protect every affected property and residents should not expect a firefighter at their door.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat.



Residents who decide to stay and defend their property should consider taking precautionary measures including:
Put on protective clothing
Drink lots of water
Move car/s to a safe location
Close windows and doors and shut blinds
Bring pets inside and restrain them (leash, cage or secure room) and provide water
Wet down fine fuels close to buildings
Remove garden furniture, doormats and other items
Seal all gaps under doors and screens
Fill containers with water - eg bath, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins, etc
Have ladders ready for roof space access (inside) and against roof (outside)
Have generator or petrol pump ready
Check and patrol outside for embers and extinguish any spot fires and seek shelter as the fire front arrives.


Regular updated information will be provided on the QFRS Rural Operations website at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au or at www.fire.qld.gov.au or by listening to their local radio station. For information on current bushfire incidents visit http://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map.html .




Background:
There are three levels of bushfire warning

Advice: A fire or other emergency has started in the area however there is no immediate threat.

Watch and Act: There is a heightened level of threat, you need to be aware of your situation and take action to be prepared and protect yourself and your family.

Emergency Warning: You are in danger and need to take immediate action recommended by the fire service.




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