Conditions ease on Stradbroke Island

08.15pm UPDATE: The WATCH and ACT Message for North Stradbroke Island has been CANCELLED.

Multiple QFES and RFSQ crews are at the scene of the large bushfire in the vicinity of Brown Lake.

Fire crews were successful with their efforts to fight the blaze this afternoon, and are currently blackening out and mopping up from Myora Springs up to Brown Lake.


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Crews will continue to monitor the fire throughout the night, including along Gatumba Street and East Coast Road.

Significant helicopter waterbombing was conducted today, and is expected to continue tomorrow morning.

There is currently no threat to property, however the fire is producing a large smoke haze.

Residents are advised to keep their doors and windows closed, and if they suffer from respiratory conditions, to keep medication close by. Motorists in the area are advised to drive with caution.

 

5.30pm UPDATE: Firefighters with the help of significant water bombing in the area are attempting slow the fire and it has still not yet reached Myora Springs. Water bombing is expected to cease around 6pm.

Residents in the vicinity of Myora Springs and Gatumba Street are advised to start enacting their bushfire plans and prepare for a bushfire in their area.

At 5:30pm, the large bushfire was located near Brown Lake and is heading towards the Myora Springs area is currently fanned by 35-55km/hour south-easterly winds. The wind direction is expected to remain the same overnight.

The large, fast moving bushfire is travelling in a north-westerly direction and may impact the area of Myora Springs in the next two hours.

This fire is moving quickly and spot fires may occur ahead of the fire front and embers are also being thrown from the fire.

Residents are strongly advised to be prepared to relocate to a safer area if required. Leaving is the safest option for survival in a bushfire.

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

Currently, multiple fire crews 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.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat.

 

03.30pm UPDATE: Firefighters are undertaking significant water bombing in the area in an attempt slow the fire. Flames have not yet reached Myora Springs however this fire is moving quickly and firefighters are experiencing difficulty in controlling it.

Spot fires may occur ahead of the fire front and embers are also being thrown from the fire.

Residents in the vicinity of Myora Springs and Gatumba Street are advised to start enacting their bushfire plans and prepare for a bushfire in their area.

At 3:30pm, the large bushfire was located near Brown Lake and is heading towards the Myora Springs area fanned by 50-60km/hour south-easterly winds.

The large, fast moving bushfire is travelling in a north-westerly direction and is still expected to impact the area of Myora Springs in the next two hours.

Residents are strongly advised to be prepared to relocate to a safer area if required. Leaving is the safest option for survival in a bushfire. Well prepared and defended homes can offer safety during the fire and may be defendable.

Currently, multiple fire crews 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.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat.

 

02:00pm UPDATE: In addition to the Watch and Act Message for Stradbroke Island, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises multiple crews are responding to a bushfire currently burning in inaccessible country in the vicinity of Brown Lake.

Crews are monitoring the situation and water bombing aircraft will be utilised. The fire may cause a significant smoke and ash hazard in the Amity Point area.

People are advised to avoid the area due to the heavy smoke, which is making visibility on roads very poor.

Residents are asked to close their windows and doors and keep their medication close by if susceptible to respiratory illness. Motorists should also take care and drive to conditions.

 

01:00pm BREAKING UPDATE: A Watch & Act Advice message has been re-issued for the bushfire burning on North Stradbroke Island as strong winds push flames towards properties.

Residents in the vicinity of Myora Springs and Gatumba Street are advised to start enacting their bushfire plans and prepare for a bushfire in their area.

At 12:30pm, the large bushfire was located near Brown Lake and is heading towards the Myora Springs area fanned by 50-60km/hour south-easterly winds.

The large, fast moving bushfire is travelling in a north-westerly direction and is expected to impact the area of Myora Springs in the next two hours.

This fire is moving quickly and firefighters are experiencing difficulty in controlling it. Spot fires may occur ahead of the fire front and embers are also being thrown from the fire.

Residents are strongly advised to be prepared to relocate to a safer area if required. Leaving is the safest option for survival in a bushfire.

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

Currently, multiple fire crews 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.

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 Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) 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

 

10.00AM UPDATE: Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) crews are continuing to monitor the bushfire, which is burning within containment lines in inaccessible terrain at the southern end of the island.

 

A helicopter will be used today to provide aerial reconnaissance of the fire zone. Yesterday’s rainfall of about 60mm assisted the firefighting effort, however residents and visitors are asked to remain vigilant and take care as the fire is still active.

Motorists should take care as some roads may continue to be affected by emergency services operations. East Coast Road is open, but delays are expected.

Main Beach remains closed. Inland tracks are also closed due to the danger of fallen and unstable trees, and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) advises that no campfires or open fires are permitted.

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