UPDATE At 12:45 PM | AN EMERGENCY alert has been issued for a ‘significant’ bushfire burning on North Stradbroke Island.
Authorities will hold two community meetings this afternoon, the first will be held at 2pm at the Russell Island Rural Fire Station.
The second will be held about two hours later at 4pm at the Macleay Island Rural Fire Station.
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Queensland Police Assistant Commissioner Peter Crawford is urging people on the Island to stay up to date and know what to do should the conditions worsen.
“Can I urge everyone on North Stradbroke and surrounding Southern Moreton Bay islands, especially Russell Island, not to be complacent and closely monitor the fire situation today, and in the coming days.
“We’ve seen evacuations at other locations in Queensland this past week and as part of your bushfire response / preparedness, people need to be prepared, and packed, in case of this eventuality.
“People need to prepare for any and all contingencies, just in case they occur.
“Can I also ask that you check on your neighbours, the elderly or those with mobility restrictions in your communities and offer any assistance that you can.”
Authorities on Sunday morning warned a wind change was likely to increase smoke and fire spotting hazards for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, especially Russel Island.
People in the area with respiratory conditions are being asked to consider leaving the islands before the wind change sweeps through the area tonight or tomorrow.
Strong northerly winds fanned smoke from the blaze over much of the Gold Coast overnight on Saturday and Sunday morning.
No further information is available at this time. The below advise remains current.
FIRST at 11:00 AM | LOCALS and tourists on the Gold Coast have woken to a thick layer of smoke blanketing the city from a bushfire that continues to burn on North Stradbroke Island.
At 9.50am, the large blaze was burning in the vicinity of the Sibelco Sand Mine, near Main Beach Conservation Park and Naree Budjong Djara National Park.
Firefighters are working hard on the ground to strengthen containment lines and are being assisted by water bombing aircraft.
Hot northerly winds have fanned thick smoke from the blaze over much of the Gold Coast.
Authorities are warning changes in wind direction today and tomorrow are likely to increase smoke and fire spotting hazards for the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, especially Russel Island.
Smoke may also affect South Stradbroke Island and the Southern Moreton Bay mainland.
People in the area are being urged to keep up to date and decide what actions to take if the situation changes.
Residents, especially the elderly and those with respiratory illness, should stay alert and take precautions to avoid the effect of the increased smoke hazards.
Those with respiratory conditions might consider leaving the islands before the wind change.
Properties are not under direct threat at this time. Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you or your property is under threat.
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.
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.