Bushfires continue to burn at Oxenford, North Stradbroke Island

AN ‘Advice’ warning remains in place for both Oxenford and North Stradbroke Island with bushfires still burning this morning.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said crews have managed to contain the blazes, however have warned residents to “keep up to date and decide what actions you will take if the situation changes.”

The Stradbroke bushfire is burning in the vicinity of Eighteen Mile Swamp, south of Alfred Martin Way, near Main Beach.


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People in the area are being told that they will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

It took 15 crews several hours to contain the blaze near Yallaroi Road and Kopps Road in Oxenford overnight.

Earlier in the afternoon, residents were being told to ‘prepare to leave’, with the fire burning dangerously close to homes in the area.

**Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) crews are no longer required on scene at this incident.**STAY…

Posted by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services – QFES on Wednesday, 28 November 2018

While the flames have now been brought under control here on the coast, bushfires are still posing a major risk across the rest of the state.

Over 100 fires continue to burn in Central Queensland, with thousands of people being forced to evacuate their homes.

Firies are bracing for another difficult day, with dangerous fire conditions not expected to easy anytime soon.

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, finalise it now so you are 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 you leave the area.

• Advise family and friends of your plan.

• 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.

• Pack important documents and essential items (e.g., passports, birth certificates, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing) in case you need to leave the area.

• Put on protective clothing (e.g., a long-sleeved cotton shirt, boots with thick soles).

• Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

• Bring pets inside; restrain them with a leash, a cage, or inside a secure room; and provide them with plenty of water.

• Take action to protect your livestock.

• Move flammable materials such as doormats, wheelie bins, and outdoor furniture away from your house.

• 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.

If you believe you or your property is under threat, call Triple Zero 000 immediately.

Stay up-to-date by visiting the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website at ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map.

For bushfire preparation tips, visit ruralfire.qld.gov.au/BushFire_Safety.

For information on road closures, call 13 19 40 or visit qldtraffic.qld.gov.au.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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