Moreton Bay Region & Queensland braces for return to heightened fire activity

The 2017 Queensland bushfire season has kicked off in earnest, and a bushfire threat now extends from Cape York to central Queensland, the south-east corner and out west. 

The current level of fire activity has increased almost 80 per cent compared to this time last year and many parts of the state are at risk of bushfires starting and spreading.

Fire and emergency services are bracing for a very high fire danger in the coming days, with the possibility of extreme fire danger in some parts of Queensland. 

Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Mark Ryan will join representatives from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) and the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) to brief Queenslanders on the bushfire threat and impending very high fire conditions.

Meanwhile During or Approaching Fires what should you do ?

Before a fire:

Individual households also have an important role to play in building community resilience to bushfires.

Clean out your gutters, keep your yard clear of green waste and junk, and plan things like what you will take with you if you need to evacuate and how you will look after your pets and livestock.

Cut back overhanging branches which could fall and damage your home or hurt someone.

All the preparation you do now will go a long way towards making you resilient when those big south east Queensland summer storms roll in.

To register for alerts and notifications from MoretonAlert, just fill out the online form at Moreton Bay Alert or call council on 5433 4444.

For more information on how to prepare your home and family for the storm and bushfire seasons, go to Moreton Bay Disaster website .

Properties are not under direct threat at this time. Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you or your property is under threat.
 
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:
•  Listen to 101.5 FM in the Moret0n Bay Region or ABC elsewhere  or visit the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website for regular updates.
•  If you have a bushfire survival plan, refer to it now and be 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 the situation changes.
•  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.
•  Consider finding your essential items (e.g., identification documents, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing such as a long-sleeved cotton shirt and trousers, and boots) in case you need to leave.
•  Consider what you will do to protect your pets and livestock.
•  Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
•  Advise family and friends of your intended actions if the situation changes.
 
KEEP UP TO DATE BY:
•  Following QFES on Facebook (@QldFireandRescueService) and Twitter (@QldFES)
•  Staying tuned to your local radio station. For Moreton Bay Region 101.5 Mhz on the FM band elsewhere in Queensland 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 http://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map
 
FURTHER INFORMATION:
•  For bushfire preparation tips, visit the RFS website: http://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/BushFire_Safety
•  For information about road closures, call 13 19 40 or visit http://www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au

 

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