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ADVICE message for a grass fire in Brooweena (west of Maryborough)

4/12/2012 12:47:07 PM

A large grass fire is currently burning in inaccessible country near Maryborough-Biggenden Road, Brooweena and the Aramara township (west of Maryborough). Three fire crews are at the scene and more crews are responding to the fire which broke out around 8.55am this morning.

Fire crews are currently working with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service to put in fire breaks using heavy machinery.

Residents 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.


Contact for media enquiries: DCS media unit on (07) 3635 3310.


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