THE Beecher bushfire is a timely reminder for Gladstone region residents to get to know fire warnings.
Rural Fire Service Queensland central regional manager Brian Smith said the only way to avoid confusion during an emergency was to know different messages.
"Emergency services personnel issue community warning messages through media and social media channels during significant bushfire incidents," Mr Smith said.
"Community warning messages are used to inform residents of threat to properties, time to impact, the direction and strength of the fire and of the steps residents must take to survive.
"It's essential for all Queenslanders to educate themselves and their families and understand the levels of warning now to ensure they aren't confused or panicked if a community warning message is issued for their area this bushfire season."
Mr Smith outlined four levels of messaging.
Advisory - there is a fire in your area, there is currently no threat to property; there is no action required.
Advice - there is a fire in your area, there is currently no threat to property, but stay informed and consider taking preparatory actions.
Watch and act - there is a fire in your area, you could be impacted and should prepare to enact your bushfire plan.
Emergency warning - there is a fire in your area, you need to enact your Bushfire Survival Plan immediately and prepare for impact.
Mr Smith urged residents to tune into radio emergency broadcasts and social media.
Firefighters, SES volunteers or police may be doorknocking in the area or you could receive an emergency alert message on your mobile or home phone with advice on the situation and where to go for further information, he said.