Bushfire Emergency: Water-bombing aircraft working to contain border blaze

UPDATE at 5:30 PM | WATER bombing aircraft are working to contain a large bushfire burning on the Southern Downs, near the NSW-Qld border.

At 5:10pm, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services stated the fire was burning in a northwesterly direction through the Girraween National Park at Wallangarra.

It’s now heading towards Wyberba and is producing large amounts of smoke between the NSW border and Stanthorpe. QFES says the smoke is particularly affecting Wallangarra, Ballandean and Eukey.


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Fire crews and water bombing aircraft will be back-burning and working to contain the fire throughout the evening.

An earlier Emergency Warning for the small township of Eukey has been downgraded, with the fire now at ‘Advice’ level.

People in the are are being told to stay up to date and decide what actions they will take if the situation changes.

With the fire also affecting areas south of the border, residents in New South Wales should refer to the warnings issued by the NSW Rural Fire Service.

Queensland residents are advised to follow warnings issued by QFES.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:

  • Listen to your local radio station or visit the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website for regular updates.
  • If you have a bushfire survival plan, refer to it now and be ready to follow it.
  • If you do not have a bushfire survival plan, or if your plan is to leave, identify where you will go if the situation changes.
  • Close windows and doors to minimise smoke exposure.
  • If you suffer from a respiratory condition, keep your medication close by.
  • Drive with caution in low visibility conditions.
  • Contact your neighbours to see if they need help preparing for the bushfire.
  • Consider finding your essential items (e.g., identification documents, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing such as a long-sleeved cotton shirt and trousers, and boots) in case you need to leave.
  • Consider what you will do to protect your pets and livestock.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Advise family and friends of your intended actions if the situation changes.

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FIRST at 2:50 PM | AN EMERGENCY warning has been issued for a bushfire burning towards a small town on Queensland’s Southern Downs.

Authorities warn the fire, which is burning near the Qld-NSW border, is “large and unpredictable” and is travelling in a northwesterly direction towards the town of Eukey.

The town’s 500 residents are being warned that leaving immediately is their safest option, as it will soon be too dangerous to drive.

People are being told to leave town now via Eukey road and head for Stanthorpe. An evacuation centre has been set up there at the Stanthorpe Fitness Centre on 25 Talc Road.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services warn that the fire is expected to have a significant impact on the Eukey community.

The fire has already crossed Pyramids Road and is expected to impact properties to the south of Eukey Road in the coming hours.

“Conditions are now very dangerous and firefighters may soon be unable to prevent the fire advancing,” the emergency warning reads.

“The fire may pose a threat to all lives directly in its path. Fire crews may not be able to protect your property.”

Residents are being told not to expect a firefighter at their door. People who cannot leave are being told to identify where they will seek shelter from the fire.

Those who are already away from their homes are warned not to return as conditions are too dangerous.

Power, water, and mobile phone service may be lost and road conditions may become very dangerous.

Smoke is also expected to reduce visibility and air quality in the area.

Media outlets in the are being requested to use the Standard Emergency Warning Signal when broadcasting the emergency warning.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:

  • Listen to your local radio station or visit the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website for regular updates.
  • Put on protective clothing (e.g., a long-sleeved cotton shirt, boots with thick soles).
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • If you suffer from a respiratory condition, keep your medication close by.

If you are leaving:

  • Secure your pets for safe transport.
  • Check for road closures and then advise family and friends of your intended travel route.
  • Take your important documents and essential items (e.g., passports, birth certificates, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing) when you leave.
  • Drive with caution in low visibility conditions.

If you are unable to leave:

  • Bring pets inside; restrain them with a leash, a cage, or inside a secure room; and provide them with plenty of water.
  • Fill containers such as your bath, sinks, and buckets with water so you have access to drinking water and firefighting water.
  • Close windows and doors, sealing the gaps under doors and screens with wet towels to keep smoke out of the house.
  • Identify a safe spot to shelter in, which would be a place with more than one exit, preferably inside a brick building, away from windows and doors. The safest spot is the place that will keep you furthest away from the intense heat from the fire. As the fire approaches and passes, the safest spot will change, so be ready to move.

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