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ADVICE message for a bushfire at Bribie Island as at 1pm

10/01/2013 2:23:25 PM

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 12.45pm, 10 fire crews were on the ground patrolling and maintaining containment lines.

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. A large smoke plume and dead embers will drift across White Patch, Banksia Beach, Pumicestone Passage and over the townships of Sandstone Point, Toorbul and Donnybrook throughout the afternoon.

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.

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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