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WATCH and ACT Message (UPDATED) for bushfire at Stradbroke Island as at 3.15pm

4/01/2014 3:22:43 PM

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is advising residents in the vicinity of the northside of Mitchell Crescent, Illawong Crescent, Rainbow Crescent, Dickson Way and north to the Seven Mile Sbend to finalise their bushfire plans and prepare for a fire that may impact their community.

At 3.15pm a large bushfire was located on the south western side of Alfred Martin Way. The large slow-moving fire is travelling in a south-easterly direction, away from the township, but the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) has indicated a wind change is now expected around 6pm. This will cause smoke and possibly burning embers to affect Dunwich and the northern parts of the Island.

Residents are advised to be prepared to relocate to a safer area if required. Vulnerable community members are also strongly urged to consider their relocation options at this time.

If residents do choose to relocate, the Dunwich Community Hall, located on the corner of Ballow Road and Junner Street, is available. Residents who are driving to this location are required to park at the Dunwich Rugby League Football Oval (Stradbroke Sharks). On arrival, residents will be asked to register with the State Emergency Service (SES).

Well prepared and defended homes can offer safety during the fire and may be defendable.

Currently, multiple strike streams 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.

SES volunteers are also doorknocking 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 .





Background:
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.



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