STAY INFORMED: Crews fighting Owanyilla bushfire
UPDATE: A bushfire burning near Owanyilla is posing no threat to properties.
There are 10 crews currently on scene and residents are urged to keep up to date and decide what actions you will take if the situation changes.
EARLIER, 5PM: A BUSHFIRE warning has been issued to residents in Owanyilla, north of Tiaro, to prepare to leave as conditions could get worse.
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services bushfire warning level of 'watch and act' was given at 5pm today.
You need to be ready to follow your bushfire survival plan.
The blaze is travelling from the intersection of Old Gympie Rd and the Bruce Hwy in a south westerly direction towards Waylen Rd and Canterwood Rd, Owanyilla.
The fire is likely to impact Waylen Rd and Canterwood Rd, Owanyilla.
Fire crews are working to contain the fire but firefighters may not be able to protect every property.
You should not expect a firefighter at your door.
The Bruce Hwy remains open and police are at the scene helping with traffic control.
People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.
If you do not have a plan, or intend to leave, you should be ready to leave the area because the situation could get worse quickly.
Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe 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, finalise it now so you are 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 you leave the area.
- Advise family and friends of your plan.
- 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.
- Pack important documents and essential items (e.g., passports, birth certificates, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing) in case you need to leave the area.
- Put on protective clothing (e.g., a long-sleeved cotton shirt, boots with thick soles).
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
- Bring pets inside; restrain them with a leash, a cage, or inside a secure room; and provide them with plenty of water.
- Take action to protect your livestock.
- Move flammable materials such as doormats, wheelie bins, and outdoor furniture away from your house.
- Fill containers such as your bath, sinks, and buckets with water so you have access to drinking water and firefighting water.
- Close windows and doors, sealing the gaps under doors and screens with wet towels to keep smoke out of the house.
The next update will be provided by 7pm or if the situation changes.