Bushfire brought under control
A BUSHFIRE that had threatened properties on Gladstone's southern outskirts has been brought under control.
Fire authorities had earlier warned some residents in the O'Connell area to activate their bushfire plans and leave their homes if it was safe to do so.
The Watch and Act Message is now cancelled.
Residents in Daly Road, Lingwoodock Place and residents with homes located behind Saint Stephens College are no longer required to enact their bushfire plans.
Multiple fire crews remain on scene to continue to keep the area safe.
The evacuation warning has been extended to include residents in the vicinity of Daly Road, Lingwoodock Place and behind Saint Stephens College. The fire is travelling in a North-Westerly direction and may impact residents on Daly Road, Lingwoodock Place and residents with homes located behind Saint Stephen’s College within the next two hours.
Firefighters are building a fire break behind St Stephens College and the school has abandoned all lessons, and students are being kept indoors.
QFRS regional manager John Fisher says for residents who planned to leave under their bushfire plan, now would be a good time to go.
The fire is travelling in a North-Westerly direction and is currently impacting residents on Melaleuca Drive and is expected to impact residents on Johnson Street and Beasley Street within the next two hours (from 12.30pm).
Residents are 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.
The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) is advising residents in the vicinity of Kirkwood Road, O’Connell (Gladstone) to enact their bushfire plans.
At 9.53am a large bushfire was located at Kirkwood Road and Glenlyon Road, O’Connell (Gladstone). The fire is travelling in a South-Easterly direction and is expected to impact residents on Kirkwood Road, O’Connell within the next two hours.
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.
Currently, several fire crews are working to contain the blaze but firefighters may not be able to protect every affected property and residents should not expect a firefighter at their door.
Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat.
Residents should consider taking precautionary measures including:
• Put on protective clothing
• Drink lots of water
• Move car/s to a safe location
• Close windows and doors and shut blinds
• Bring pets inside and restrain them (leash, cage or secure room) and provide water
• Wet down fine fuels close to buildings
• Remove garden furniture, doormats and other items
• Seal all gaps under doors and screens
• Fill containers with water - eg bath, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins, etc
• Have ladders ready for roof space access (inside) and against roof (outside)
• Have generator or petrol pump ready
• Check and patrol outside for embers and extinguish any spot fires and seek shelter as the fire front arrives.
Regular updated information will be provided on the QFRS Rural Operations website at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au or at www.fire.qld.gov.au or by listening to their local radio station.