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Updated ADVICE Message for grass fire east of Herberton (Atherton) as at 10.30am

28/11/2012

The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) is advising:

The large grass fire burning in the vicinity of Alma and Denbigh Roads, Herberton is now contained and is burning in inaccessible state forest. Six fire crews are currently at the scene monitoring the situation. Further crews will arrive today to help maintain containment lines around the E Hill Road and Moomin (Herberton) areas.

The fire, which has been burning since around 11am on Sunday, 25 November, is causing a large smoke haze and motorists are urged to drive to conditions.

Residents in the vicinity of Herberton, Wondecla and Moomin are asked to remain vigilant and close their windows and doors. If they suffer from respiratory illness they should keep their medication close by.

No other properties are under threat at this time however, if residents believe their home has come under threat they are asked to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

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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