UPDATE: Theebine bushfire under control, still burning
UPDATE: Saturday June 2, 9am
FIREFIGHTERS have managed to largely contain and control a bushfire at Theebine, which continues to burn within containment lines this morning.
A QFES North Coast Region officer said around 14 fire crews and two SES crews remained on patrol at the scene of the fire.
He said crews would continue to monitor the blaze and conduct backburning operations throughout the day.
A QFES Media spokesman said the previous warning level, advising residents to prepare to leave their homes, had been downgraded to basic notification levels.
An update at 8:35pm last night said crews would remain on scene overnight in the vicinity of Kanyan Road and Strawbridges Road.
The fire was posing no threat to property at that time.
Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there is a bushfire in Theebine and conditions could get worse.
You need to be ready to follow your bushfire survival plan. 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.
Currently as at 5.35pm Friday 1 March, a large fire is travelling in a westerly direction from Kanyan Road, in the vicinity of Cherry Tree Road, towards Strawbridges Road. The fire is likely to impact Strawbridges Road at Theebine.
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.
People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.
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.
KEEP UP TO DATE BY:
. Following QFES on Facebook (@QldFireandRescueService) and Twitter (@QldFES)
. Staying tuned to your local radio station. Find your local ABC radio station at https://radio.abc.net.au/help/offline and your local commercial radio station at http://www.commercialradio.com.au/find-a-station/queensland;
. Visiting the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map
. For bushfire preparation tips, visit the RFS website: www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/BushFire_Safety
. For information about road closures, call 13 19 40 or visit www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au
The next update will be provided by 7.35pm or if the situation changes.
MULTIPLE fire crews remain on the scene of a reported vegetation fire burning at Theebine.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services media reported the fire was burning near Strawbridges Road and Kanyan Road.
"This fire broke out last night and is posing no threat to property at this time,” a QFES media statement read.
"Firefighters are working to contain the blaze. Nearby residents may be affected by a smoke haze throughout the afternoon.
"Residents are asked to close windows and doors and if suffering from a respiratory condition, keep medications close by.
"Motorists should drive with caution and to conditions. If residents are concerned their property is under threat they are advised to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.”
More to come.