UPDATE 2:30PM | FIRE-FIGHTING aircraft have been deployed to help ground crews contain a large and fast moving bushfire burning near Maryborough.
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service says the fire is no longer posing a threat to property and as a result, the WATCH and ACT alert issued earlier today has since been cancelled.
Ten crews remain on the scene of the blaze, which continues to burn in the vicinity of Dundathu Road and Star View Drive.
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The QFES says the blaze is causing a significant smoke haze which is likely to continue into the evening.
Residents in the area have been urged to close their windows and doors. Those suffering from respiratory conditions should keep their medications close by.
EARLIER: RESIDENTS of Dundathu, northeast of Maryborough have been told to enact their bushfire plan with a large, fast-moving fire threatening to impact the area within the hour.
A WATCH and ACT alert is in place for the blaze, burning in the area of Dundathu Road and Star View Drive.
The large blaze is moving quickly in a southerly direction and crews are experiencing difficulty in controlling it.
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service warns the fire is expected to impact on the Dundathu community and says there is a chance that some property may be lost.
Flames are expected to impact Dundathu Road and Star View Drive within the hour. Embers are being thrown from the fire and may ignite spot fires well ahead of the fire front.
“Firefighters will not be able to protect every affected property and residents should not expect a firefighter at their door,” the QFES says in its latest warning.
“It will be very hot and windy and as the fire approaches it may become increasingly difficult to see, hear or breathe,” QFES says.
“Residents are strongly advised to leave now if their plan is to do so or if they don’t have a plan. Leaving is the safest option for survival.
“Well prepared and defended homes can offer safety during the fire and may be defendable.”
Power, water and mobile phone supplies may also be lost in the area over the next several hours.
Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat.
Residents should consider taking precautionary measures including:
- Putting on protective clothing;
- Drinking lots of water;
- Moving car/s to a safe location;
- Closing windows and doors and shutting blinds;
- Bringing pets inside, restraining them (leash, cage or secure room) and providing water;
- Wetting down fine fuels close to buildings;
- Removing garden furniture, doormats and other items;
- Sealing all gaps under doors and screens;
- Filling containers with water – eg bath, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins;
- Having ladders ready for roof space access (inside) and against roof (outside);
- Having a generator or petrol powered pump ready; and
- Checking and patrolling outside for embers, extinguishing any spot fires and seeking shelter as the fire front arrives.
- Regular updated information will be provided on the Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFS) website at https://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au or listen to local radio.
- For information on current bushfire incidents visit https://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map.