WATCH AND ACT Message for bushfire on North Stradbroke Island as at 3pm
The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) is advising residents in the vicinity of the Myora area on North Stradbroke Island to start enacting their bushfire plans and prepare for a bushfire in their area.
At 3pm a large bushfire was located at East Coast Road, North Stradbroke Island. The large fire is travelling in a south to south-westerly direction and is expected to impact the area of Myora in the next two to six hours.
This fire is moving quickly and firefighters are experiencing difficulty in controlling it. Spot fires may occur ahead of the fire front and embers are also being thrown from the fire.
Residents are strongly advised to 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, five fire crews along with Redland City Council and QPWS 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.
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 .
There are three levels of bushfire warning
Advice: A fire or other emergency has started in the area however there is no immediate threat.
Watch and Act: There is a heightened level of threat, you need to be aware of your situation and take action to be prepared and protect yourself and your family.
Emergency Warning: You are in danger and need to take immediate action recommended by the fire service.
Contact for media enquiries: DCS media unit on (07) 3635 3310.
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