FIRE: Eight crews are on scene in Cherbourg.
FIRE: Eight crews are on scene in Cherbourg. Tobi Loftus

Cherbourg bush fire threat downgraded

FRIDAY, 6.15PM: The previous bushfire warning for Cherbourg has been downgraded to stay informed.

A QFES spokesperson said residents need to keep up to date and decide what actions they will take if the situation changes.

"Currently as at 5.45pm Friday, 29 September a bushfire is travelling in a southerly direction from Murray Road and Lookout Road towards Bjelke-Petersen Dam," the spokesperson said.

"Fire crews are backburning and using heavy machinery in the area in an effort to contain the fire.

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

Properties are not under direct threat at this time. Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you or your property is under threat.

19 crews remain on the scene.

FRIDAY 5PM: THE  fire is likely to impact house on the southern end of Murray Rd and past the water treatment plant heading away from the main township.

A large and fast moving fire is travelling from Murray Rd and Lookout Rd towards Bjelke Petersen Dam. 

Fire crews 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.

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

FRIDAY, 4.30PM: FIREFIGHTERS are continuing to battle a fire at Cherbourg this afternoon.

Wondai Lieutenant Steve McKay said nearly 50 firefighters and SES personnel were working to contain the lines, in conjunction with air support.

"We're working to contain those lines. Early on it was 100 hectares," he said.

"We have about 40 firefighters, and eight SES personnel with a dozer working at the moment

"Currently we've got a vehicle sitting with one of the houses up there for protection but currently it's okay at the moment."

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FRIDAY, 2.40PM: QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services are urging Cherbourg residents to be prepared to leave their homes, because of the bush fire.

QFES has advised 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 2.15pm, a large and fast moving fire is travelling from Murray Rd and Lookout Rd towards Bjelke Petersen Dam.

The QFES Firebird is mapping the size of the fire from the air, as well as water bombers and the aircraft, fighting the fire. 

There are 16 crews on scene and four on their way. 

The fire is likely to impact houses on the southern end of Murray Rd, past the water treatment plant heading away from the main township.

Fire crews 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.

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

Phone 000 immediately if you believe your property is under threat.

EARLIER: EIGHT fire crews are on the scene of a bushfire in Cherbourg, with four more on the way.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesperson said the fire on Murray Rd was called in at 12.43pm.

"Currently as at 2pm, a bushfire is in the vicinity of Murray Road and is travelling in an easterly direction towards Bjelke Petersen Dam," the spokesperson said.

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

"Firefighters are currently trying to contain the fire. Water bombing aircraft will also be in the area throughout the afternoon."

The spokesperson said residents need to keep up to date and decide what actions you will take if the situation changes.

Call 000 immediately if you believe you or 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, 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.
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