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UPDATED as at 11.00am - ADVICE message for a bushfire at Bribie Island

10/01/2013 11:01:20 AM

BUSHFIRE ADVICE

The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service is advising:

A number of bushfires are continuing to burn in the Bribie Island National Park area. As at 10.45am, 10 fire crews were on the ground patrolling and maintaining containment lines at fires burning near residential areas.

While there is currently no threat to property, crews are conducting a large-scale backburn in the forested area of the western side of the island, which is giving off large volumes of smoke in the Pumicestone Passage, Bribie Island, Donnybrook and Toorbul areas. People with respiratory conditions are advised to stay indoors, keep windows closed and also keep their medication close by. Motorists are urged to exercise caution, drive to conditions and be aware of firefighters working in the area.

Crews were first called to the fire on Monday and completed back burning operations last night to help contain the fire.

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.

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



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