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CANCELLATION OF WATCH AND ACT message for bushfires at White Patch as at 5.30pm

9/01/2013 5:25:00 PM

Please be advised that the WATCH AND ACT message for White Patch (Bribie Island) has been cancelled.

The below ADVICE message is now current.

BUSHFIRE ADVICE

The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service is advising:

A number of bushfires are burning in Bribie Island National Park near White Patch. As at 5.30pm, there are 16 crews on the ground conducting backburning operations in order to contain the fire. Crews will remain on scene overnight.

Residents in the area surrounding White Patch Esplanade (north-west of Wrights Creek), including Toowa Street, Horace Street, Coondiba Street, Ethel Street, Hilda Street, Maud Street and Charles Street are advised to remain alert and stay informed via local radio or by visiting www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.

There is a large amount of smoke in the surrounding area and residents with respiratory illnesses should keep medications close by.

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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