Hivesville residents urged to leave as fire approaches

UPDATE 7.20pm:

FIRE crews have brought the blaze at Ten Chain Road, Hivesville under control but remain on the scene. 

More crews will return in the morning to monitor the blaze.

Water bombing operations have ceased and there is no threat to property at this time. 

Residents in the area are asked to remain vigilant, keep up-to-date with warnings and report any bushfires in the area. 

There is a fire ban in place until midnight this Tuesday.

UPDATE 6.15pm:

WATCH AND ACT message for Hivesville has been cancelled.

 

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EARLIER 4.45pm:

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is advising residents in the vicinity of Ten Chain Road, Hivesville to enact their bushfire plans and prepare for a fire in their area.

If residents do not have a bushfire survival plan or their plan is to leave, they are advised to do so now.

At 4.45pm a large bushfire was located near Ten Chain Road, Hivesville.

The large fast-moving fire is travelling in a southerly direction and is expected to impact the areas near Ten Chain Road, Hivesville imminently.

This fire is moving quickly and is currently uncontrolled.

Spot fires are likely to start up to four kilometres ahead of the fire front and embers are also being thrown from the fire. The fire is expected to impact on the Ten Chain Road, Hivesville community and some property may be lost.

Power, water and mobile phone supplies may be lost in the area over the next several hours.

It will be very hot and windy and as the fire approaches it will become increasingly difficult to breathe.

Residents are strongly advised to leave now if they are able to do so.

Leaving is the safest option for survival. Well prepared and defended homes can offer safety during the fire and may be defendable.

Currently, a water bombing aircraft is on scene and multiple fire crews will work to contain the blaze but firefighters will not be able to protect every affected property and residents should not expect a firefighter at their door.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat.

Residents who do not have a bushfire survival plan are advised to head into the Hivesville township.

 

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.

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

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

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