‘Prepare to leave’: Bushfire could worsen
WOODGATE residents have been warned to be prepared to leave as the bushfire conditions could worsen.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services reported a large fire is travelling in a southerly direction through the Kinkuna section of the Burrum Coast National Park, heading towards Woodgate Rd.
QFES urged residents to be ready to follow their bushfire survival plan and be ready to leave the area as the situation could worsen quickly.
A QFES spokesman said the bushfire likely to impact the Woodgate Road area, especially with smoke.
He said a crews would work overnight to try and contain the fire but residents in the area should remain informed and be prepared to act if need be.
People in the area and as far as Childers, Eureka and Apple Tree Creek may be affected by smoke, which may reduce visibility and air quality.
Woodgate area could be heavily affected by smoke.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:
• Listen to your local radio station or visit the Rural Fire Service 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.