Russell Island Bushfire alert downgraded

The Gold Coast has woken up to a thick blanket of smokey fog this morning, as a large bushfire continued to burn on Russell Island on Moreton Bay.

A dozen or so homes were threatened by the blaze, but a Watch and Act alert has now been downgraded as fire fighters have managed to get the blaze under control.

The fire broke out at around 2pm on Thursday afternoon, with crews working through the night to contain it.


Queensland Fire and Emergency services are advising residents affected by the smoke who may suffer from a respiratory illness to shut windows and doors and keep medications close by.

Residents are also advised to take the following precautionary measures:

-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.

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

Regular updated information will be provided on the Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFS) website at or listen to local radio.

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