UPDATE: Three separate warnings issued for Lowmead fire

UPDATE 7.10pm: QFES is still advising Lowmead residents to leave now, but has issued two additional warnings for other residents in the area.

As of 6.20pm a dangerous bushfire was travelling south-westerly toward Lowmead Rd.

It is currently impacting residents along Tableland Road, south of Mitchell Road, and Lowmead Road, west of Mitchell Road.

It is expected to impact the Lowmead township imminently. The fire could have a significant impact on the community.

Residents north of the fire, including along Lowmead Road, should travel in a south-westerly direction via John Clifford Way and then north via the Bruce Highway towards Miriam Vale.

Residents south of the fire, including along Lowmead Road, should travel in a south-easterly direction via Lowmead Road towards Rosedale.

QFES is advising residents at Tableland and Cross Rds to stay informed as the bushfire continues to burn in the vicinity of Mount Maria.

Residents who have left the area are not allowed to return at this time due to the dangerous nature of the fire.

Local authorities will advise is there is any change to this.

Tableland Road is closed between Cross Road and Hills Road, however there is access to Baffle Creek, Agnes Water and Bundaberg.

There is a separate bushfire warning in place for residents along Kirkpatrick Road, Whytallabah Road and Hills Road.

As of 6.30pm, the eastern side of the Mount Maria fire is burning in the vicinity of Cross, Hills, Whytallabah and Kirkpatrick Rds.

Fire crews will be conducting backburning operations to strengthen containment lines throughout the night.

Residents can expect that these activities could take place close to their properties.

People in all of these areas will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

An evacuation centre has been established at the Miriam Vale Community Hall, 41 Blomfield Street, Miriam Vale.

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe your property is under threat.

Keep up to date with the fire tonight by listening to your local radio, or visit the Rural Fire Service website for regular updates.

KEEP UP TO DATE BY:
• Following QFES on Facebook (@QldFireandEmergencyServices) 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

FURTHER INFORMATION:
• 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

UPDATE 6.30pm: QFES is still advising residents at Lowmead to leave now.

As of 6.20pm a dangerous bushfire was travelling south-westerly toward Lowmead Rd.

It is currently impacting residents along Tableland Road, south of Mitchell Road, and Lowmead Road, west of Mitchell Road.

It is expected to impact the Lowmead township imminently. The fire could have a significant impact on the community.

Residents north of the fire, including along Lowmead Road, should travel in a south-westerly direction via John Clifford Way and then north via the Bruce Highway towards Miriam Vale.

Residents south of the fire, including along Lowmead Road, should travel in a south-easterly direction via Lowmead Road towards Rosedale.

Firefighters 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.

Power, water, and mobile phone service may be lost.

People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

There is an evacuation centre at Miriam Vale Community Hall, 41 Blomfield Street, Miriam Vale.

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you are under threat.

UPDATE 4.15pm: QFES is advising conditions at the Mt Maria bushfire are getting worse.

Residents at the Lowmead township should leave now if it is safe to do so along the following routes:

Residents north of the fire, including along Lowmead Road, should travel in a south-westerly direction via John Clifford Way and then north via the Bruce Highway towards Miriam Vale.

Residents south of the fire, including along Lowmead Road, should travel in a south-easterly direction via Lowmead Road towards Rosedale.

An evacuation centre has been established at Miriam Vale Community Hall, 41 Blomfield St, Miriam Vale.

As of 4pm, a dangerous fire is travelling in a south-westerly direction towards Lowmead Road, Lowmead.

It is currently impacting residents along Tableland Road, south of Mitchell Road, and Lowmead Road, west of Mitchell Road.

It is expected to impact the Lowmead township imminently. The fire could have a significant impact on the community.

Firefighters are working to contain the blaze with the support from aerial operations, but firefighters may not be able to protect every property.

You should not expect a firefighter at your door.

Power, water and mobile phone service may be lost.

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you are under threat.

UPDATE 3.10pm: QFES is advising residents at the Lowmead township to leave now.

The Mount Maria bushfire is expected to impact the Lowmead township imminently.

Follow your bushfire survival plan now. If you do not have a plan, your safest option is to leave now if it is clear to do so.

If you are not in the area, do not return, as conditions are too dangerous.

There is an evacuation centre at Miriam Vale Community Hall, 41 Blomfield Street, Miriam Vale.

Currently as at 3pm Tuesday 17 December, a dangerous fire is travelling in a south-westerly direction towards Lowmead Road, Lowmead.

It is currently impacting residents along Tableland Road, south of Mitchell Road, and Lowmead Road, west of Mitchell Road.

It is expected to impact the Lowmead township imminently. The fire could have a significant impact on the community.

Firefighters, with support from aerial operations, 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.

Power, water, and mobile phone service may be lost.

People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

There is an evacuation centre at Miriam Vale Community Hall, 41 Blomfield Street, Miriam Vale.

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you are under threat.

UPDATE 3pm 17/12: QFES is advising residents at Lowmead to prepare to leave as conditions at the Mount Maria fire could get worse.

As of 2.45pm a dangerous fire is burning in a westerly direction and is impacting Lowmead Rd, west of Mitchell Rd.

Residents along Tableland Rd south of Mitchell Rd should also prepare to leave.

Firefighters, with support from aerial operations, are working to contain the fire but 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.   There is an evacuation centre at Miriam Vale Community Hall, 41 Blomfield St Miriam Vale.   Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe your property is under threat.

UPDATE 6.10pm: The fire at Mt Maria has jumped Tableland Rd between Seeds and Mitchell Rd and has impacted Mitchell Rd and parts of Tableland Rd.

Residents located along Tableland Road between Seeds Road and Hills Road and along Whytallabah Road, Kirkpatrick Road, Cross Road and Lowmead Road should prepare to leave.

While properties at these addresses are not under direct threat at this time, residents should be prepared to leave the area as the situation could change quickly.

Tableland Road is now closed.

Residents should evacuate south along Lowmead Road towards Lowmead. Those who are unable to evacuate south should travel north along Tableland Road towards Miriam Vale.

There is an evacuation centre at Miriam Vale Community Hall, 41 Blomfield St Miriam Vale.

Conditions are now very dangerous and firefighters may soon be unable to prevent the fire advancing.

The fire may pose a threat to all lives directly in its path. Fire crews may not be able to protect your property.

You should not expect a firefighter at your door: act now.

Power, water, and mobile phone service may be lost and road conditions may become very dangerous over the next several hours.

People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you are under threat.

UPDATE 3.40PM:

QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there is a bushfire burning in the vicinity of Mount Maria. Leaving immediately is the safest option, as it will soon be too dangerous to drive.

Follow your bushfire survival plan now. If you do not have a plan, your safest option is to leave immediately if it is clear to do so. If you cannot leave, identify where you will seek shelter from the bushfire. If you are not in the area, do not return, as conditions are too dangerous.

Currently as at 3.40pm Monday 16 December, a large fire is travelling in a westerly direction towards Lowmead. It is impacting Tableland Road, between Cross Road and Hills Road and is expected to impact Mitchell Road within the next hour. The fire is expected to have a significant impact on the community.

Residents located along Tableland Road between Seeds Road and Hills Road and along Whytallabah Road, Kirkpatrick Road, Cross Road and Lowmead Road should prepare to leave. While properties at these addresses are not under direct threat at this time, residents should be prepared to leave the area as the situation could change quickly.

Tableland Road is now closed. Residents should evacuate south along Lowmead Road towards Lowmead. Those who are unable to evacuate south should travel north along Tableland Road towards Miriam Vale.

There is an evacuation centre at Miriam Vale Community Hall, 41 Blomfield St Miriam Vale.

Conditions are now very dangerous and firefighters may soon be unable to prevent the fire advancing. The fire may pose a threat to all lives directly in its path. Fire crews may not be able to protect your property. You should not expect a firefighter at your door: act now.
Power, water, and mobile phone service may be lost and road conditions may become very dangerous over the next several hours.

UPDATE 2.50PM: 

Bushfire warning level: EMERGENCY WARNING

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there is a bushfire approaching Mount Maria. Leaving immediately is the safest option, as it will soon be too dangerous to drive.

Follow your bushfire survival plan now. If you do not have a plan, your safest option is to leave immediately if it is clear to do so. If you cannot leave, identify where you will seek shelter from the bushfire. If you are not in the area, do not return, as conditions are too dangerous.

Currently as at 2.40pm Monday 16 December, a large fire is travelling in a westerly direction towards Mount Maria. It is expected to impact Tableland Road, between Cross Road and Hills Road, within the next hour. The fire is expected to have a significant impact on the community.

Residents located along Tableland Road between Seeds Road and Hills Road and Whytallabah Road, Kirkpatrick Road, Mitchell Road, Cross Road and Lowmead Road should prepare to leave. While properties at these addresses are not under direct threat at this time, residents should be prepared to leave the area as the situation could change quickly.

People evacuating should travel north on Tableland Road and head towards Miram Vale.

Conditions are now very dangerous and firefighters may soon be unable to prevent the fire advancing.

The fire may pose a threat to all lives directly in its path. Fire crews may not be able to protect your property. You should not expect a firefighter at your door: act now.

Power, water, and mobile phone service may be lost and road conditions may become very dangerous over the next several hours.

People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you are under threat.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:
• Listen to your local radio station or visit the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website for regular updates.
• Put on protective clothing (e.g., a long-sleeved cotton shirt, boots with thick soles).
• Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
• If you suffer from a respiratory condition, keep your medication close by.

If you are leaving:
• Secure your pets for safe transport.
• Check for road closures and then advise family and friends of your intended travel route.
• Take your important documents and essential items (e.g., passports, birth certificates, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing) when you leave.
• Drive with caution in low visibility conditions.

If you are unable to leave:
• Bring pets inside; restrain them with a leash, a cage, or inside a secure room; and provide them with plenty of water.
• 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.
• Identify a safe spot to shelter in, which would be a place with more than one exit, preferably inside a brick building, away from windows and doors. The safest spot is the place that will keep you furthest away from the intense heat from the fire. As the fire approaches and passes, the safest spot will change, so be ready to move.

KEEP UP TO DATE BY:
• Following QFES on Facebook (@QldFireandEmergencyServices) 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

FURTHER INFORMATION:
• 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 4.40pm or if the situation changes.
 

Bushfire updates

Mingo

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) crews will monitor and patrol a vegetation fire burning near Gayndah Mount Perry Road and Kalliwa Connection Road, Mingo.

The fire is contained and there is no threat to property at this time.

Smoke may affect the area. If affected, residents are asked to close windows and doors.

Those suffering from a respiratory condition should keep their 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.

Mount Maria

Currently as at 12.55pm Monday 16 December, a large bushfire continues to burn in the vicinity of Kirkpatrick Road, Whytallabah Road, Tableland Road and Cross Road.

Residents along Tableland Road between Seeds Road and Hills Road should be ready to follow their bushfire survival plan.

Residents along Whytallabah Road should also be ready to follow their bushfire survival plan.

Firefighters are working to contain the fire, but may not be able to protect every property. You should not expect a firefighter at your door.

Crews are working with landholders in the area to prepare their properties and are being supported by aerial firefighting operations. Fire conditions will be severe in area and residents are urged to be vigilant.

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.

Woodgate

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) crews continue to monitor and patrol the area where a bushfire was burning in the vicinity of Jarretts Road, Woodgate.

Parts of the fire that had been burning near Buxton are now extinguished, however small areas within containment lines closer to Jarretts Road, Woodgate will continue to smoulder.

There is no threat to property at this time and smoke may continue to affect the area.

Residents are asked to close windows and doors and if suffering from a respiratory condition, keep their 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. 

Earlier

Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there is a bushfire burning in difficult terrain at Mount Maria 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 8.30am Monday 16 December, a large bushfire continues to burn in the vicinity of Kirkpatrick Road, Whytallabah Road, Tableland Road and Cross Road.

Residents along Tableland Road between Seeds Road and Hills Road should be ready to follow their bushfire survival plan.

Residents along Whytallabah Road should also be ready to follow their bushfire survival plan.

Firefighters 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.

Crews are working with landholders in the area to prepare their properties and are being supported by aerial firefighting operations. Fire conditions will be severe in area and residents are urged to be vigilant.

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 (@QldFireandEmergencyServices) 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

FURTHER INFORMATION:

• 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 at 10.30am or if the situation changes.



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