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UPDATE: Loeskow St grass fire has been extinguished

UPDATE 2.15PM

QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services crews have extinguished a large grass fire that was burning near King St, Batchlers Rd and Loeskow St.

Crews will continue to monitor the perimeter of the fire ground.

There is still a smoke haze in the area and motorists should drive with caution and to conditions.

Residents are advised to close windows and doors and keep medication on hand if suffering from a respiratory illness.

1.30PM

QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services is advising that as of 1pm, a large grass fire is burning near King Street, Batchlers Road and Loeskow Street, Bundaberg North.

Eight fire crews are working with water bombing aircraft to contain the blaze, which broke out around noon.

There is no threat to homes at this time. 

A large smoke haze is expected to affect the surrounding areas.

Residents are advised to close windows and doors and keep medication on hand if suffering from a respiratory illness.

Motorists, particularly on Mount Perry Road, are reminded to drive to conditions and be mindful of emergency services personnel operating in the area. 

EMERGENCY: Crews attending the scene of a large grass fire in North Bundaberg. Photo Michael Brown
EMERGENCY: Crews attending the scene of a large grass fire in North Bundaberg. Photo Michael Brown Contributed

Residents should consider taking precautionary measures including: 

• 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 000 if they believe their property comes under threat.

Regular updated information will be provided on the Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) website at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au or listen to local radio.

For information on current bushfire incidents visit http://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map.html.

EMERGENCY: Crews attending a fire in North Bundaberg. Photo Mike Knott / NewsMail
EMERGENCY: Crews attending a fire in North Bundaberg. Photo Mike Knott / NewsMail Jim Alouat

1PM

Pedestrians and onlookers on Loeskow St are being evacuated.

12.40PM

TWO Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews are on scene and a further nine crews are on their way to a large grass fire burning near King St, Batchlers Rd and Loeskow St,

Firefighters are working to contain the blaze which broke out just before noon.

As a result, a large smoke haze is expected to affect the surrounding areas. 

Residents are advised to close windows and doors and keep medication on hand if suffering from a respiratory illness.

Motorists are reminded to drive to conditions and be mindful of emergency services personnel operating in the area. 

If residents are concerned their property is under threat they are advised to call 000 immediately.

12.30PM

Police confirmed as part of emergency procedures, students from Bundaberg North State High School have been evacuated to one area of the school, but the school is not under threat.

EARLIER

A GRASS fire has broken out in Bundaberg North potentially threatening a home.

The fire is happening near the corner of Loeskow St and Batchlers Rd.

Emergency crews are in attendance.

Topics:  emergency crews, grass fire




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