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WATCH AND ACT message for bushfires near White Patch, Bribie Island as at 2.45pm

9/01/2013 2:46:31 PM

WATCH AND ACT MESSAGE

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION IN BOLD MUST BE BROADCAST VERBATIM:

The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) is advising residents in the vicinity of White Patch (north-west of Wrights Creek), Bribie Island to finalise their bushfire plans and prepare for a bushfire in their area.

At 2.45pm, a number of bushfires were located in Bribie Island National Park, near White Patch. The fires are travelling in a northerly direction and are expected to impact the areas surrounding White Patch Esplanade, including Toowa Street, Horace Street, Coondiba Street, Ethel Street, Hilda Street, Maud Street and Charles Street in the next six to 24 hours.

Residents are advised to finalise their bushfire plans and be prepared to relocate to a safer area if required. Leaving is the safest option for survival in a bushfire.

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

Currently, 16 fire crews are working to contain the blaze but firefighters may not be able to protect every affected property and residents should not expect a firefighter at their door.

State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers have door-knocked homes in the area to advise residents of the smoke hazard and to prepare to relocate if the situation changes and they are directed to do so by emergency authorities.

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


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 .


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


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