WATCH AND ACT message for NIKENBAH (near Hervey Bay) as at 2.45pm
The Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) is advising residents in the vicinity of Old Rifle Range Road, Nikenbah (near Hervey Bay) to enact their bushfire plan.
At 2.45pm, Saturday, 21 September a large bushfire was located at Vanderwolf Road, Nikenbah. The fast moving fire is travelling in a north westerly direction and is expected to impact the areas of Old Rifle Range Road and Barrenjoey Road, Nikenbah within the next hour.
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.
The fire is expected to impact on the Nikenbah community and there is a chance that some property may be lost. Power, water and mobile phone supplies may be lost in the area over the next several hours.
It will be very hot and windy and as the fire approaches it may become increasingly difficult to see, hear or breathe.
Residents are strongly advised to leave now if their plan is to do so or if they dont have a plan. Leaving is the safest option for survival.
Well prepared and defended homes can offer safety during the fire and may be defendable.
Currently, 15 fire crews are working to contain the blaze but firefighters will 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 who decide to stay and defend their property 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 Rural Fire Service Queensland 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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