UPDATE @ 4.00PM | Firefighters have now contained a bushfire buring at Wongawallen.
The blaze broke out earlier this afternoon between Crest Hill Drive and Wongawallen Drive.
Firefighters remain on scene monitoring the situation.
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There’s still plenty of smoke in the area with residents advised to close their windows and doors and keep medication handy if they suffer respiratory conditions.
Motorists are also be urged to take care.
EARLIER @ 2.30PM | FIREFIGHTERS are battling a large bushfire burning at at Wongawallan.
The blaze is understood to have started around 1.30pm on Thursday. It’s burning between Crest Hill Drive and Wongawallan Drive, travelling towards Wongawallan Drive.
Three crews are at the scene, with another seven en-route to help battle the flames and bring the fire under control.
A Queensland Fire and Rescue spokesperson told myGC no properties are under threat at this stage, however residents are being urged to remain alert.
There’s heavy smoke in the area, with reports of reduced visibility on the M1 near Coomera.
Motorists are being urged to drive with caution.
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.