UPDATE at 11:40 AM SATURDAY | FIREFIGHTERS remain on the scene of a bushfire burning at Beaudesert, 60km west of the Gold Coast.
The blaze broke out yesterday afternoon and continues to burn near Kerry Road and Hillside Crescent, near Brooklands Drive.
Firefighters have managed to get the upper hand on the fire, which is now contained and not posing any threat to property.
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Smoke is still affecting nearby areas, however, with authorities warning residents with respiratory conditions to stay inside with windows and doors closed.
If residents are concerned their property is under threat they are advised to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
FIRST on FRIDAY | FIREFIGHTERS are battling a large bushfire burning at Beaudesert, about 60km west of the Gold Coast.
Authorities say the blaze is “large and fast-moving” and warn “conditions could get worse”.
It’s burning north of Kerry Road and moving east-north-east towards homes on Hillside Crescent, Hugo and Brooklands and Tequesta drives, Meadowview Road, and Hawthorne and Corsa streets.
Aerial support has been called in to help ground crews contain the blaze.
Residents in the area have been warned to be ready to follow their bushfire survival plans and be ready to evacuate “because the situation could get worse quickly”.
People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.
Meanwhile, further north, 12 crews are battling a large, fast-moving fire burning at Atkinsons Dam in the Lockyer Valley, west of Brisbane.
The fire is travelling in an easterly direction, from Atkinsons Dam Road towards Bolingbroke Road.
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service says flames are likely to impact Bolingbroke Road.
Both blazes were at “Watch and Act” level at the time of writing.
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.