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Bushfires continue to burn on Bribie Island

Snapshot of the smoke from the Bribie fires by Jeremy Lewis.
Snapshot of the smoke from the Bribie fires by Jeremy Lewis. Jeremy Lewis

UPDATE 4.11PM: Winds are expected to pick up across the Caboolture region this afternoon which may cause more smoke in the area.

Residents with respiratory illnesses should keep medications close by and doors and windows shut.

UPDATE 3.28PM: Smoke haze from the Bribie fires has continued to affect roads and homes across the region.

Meghan Bell captures the smoke looming over Banksia Beach on Thursday.
Meghan Bell captures the smoke looming over Banksia Beach on Thursday.

 

UPDATE 2PM: A number of bushfires are continuing to burn in the Bribie Island National Park area. 10 fire crews were on the ground patrolling and maintaining containment lines.

While there is currently no threat to property, crews are conducting a large-scale backburn in the forested area of the western side of the island. A large smoke plume and dead embers will drift across White Patch, Banksia Beach, Pumicestone Passage and over the townships of Sandstone Point, Toorbul and Donnybrook throughout the afternoon.

People with respiratory conditions are advised to stay indoors, keep windows closed and also keep their medication close by. Motorists are urged to exercise caution, drive to conditions and be aware of firefighters working in the area.

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

 

UPDATE: 11.45AM: Acting Police Minister Steve Dickson has met with firefighters at Bribie Island Fire Station to discuss plans of action for today.

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A thick smoke haze has affected surrounding areas in the Bribie Island and Caboolture region.

UPDATE 11AM: A number of bushfires are continuing to burn in the Bribie Island National Park area. As at 10.45am, 10 fire crews were on the ground patrolling and maintaining containment lines at fires burning near residential areas.

While there is currently no threat to property, crews are conducting a large-scale backburn in the forested area of the western side of the island, which is giving off large volumes of smoke in the Pumicestone Passage, Bribie Island, Donnybrook and Toorbul areas. People with respiratory conditions are advised to stay indoors, keep windows closed and also keep their medication close by. Motorists are urged to exercise caution, drive to conditions and be aware of firefighters working in the area.

Crews were first called to the fire on Monday and completed back burning operations last night to help contain the fire.

Residents in the area surrounding White Patch Esplanade (north-west of Wrights Creek), including Toowa Street, Horace Street, Coondiba Street, Ethel Street, Hilda Street, Maud Street and Charles Street are advised to remain alert and stay informed via local radio or by visiting www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.

 

UPDATE 8PM: The watch and act message for White Patch on Bribie island has been cancelled.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service were advised at 5.30pm there were 16 crews on the ground conducting backburning operations in order to contain the fire.

Crews will remain on scene overnight.

Residents in the area surrounding White Patch Esplanade (north-west of Wrights Creek), including Toowa Street, Horace Street, Coondiba Street, Ethel Street, Hilda Street, Maud Street and Charles Street are advised to remain alert and stay informed via local radio or by visiting www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.

There is a large amount of smoke in the surrounding area and residents with respiratory illnesses should keep medications close by. 

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

 

  • Residents should consider taking precautionary measures including:
  • Put on protective clothing 
  • Drink lots of water 
  • Move car/s to a safe location 
  • Close windows and doors and shut blinds 
  • Bring pets inside and restrain them (leash, cage or secure room) and provide water 
  • Wet down fine fuels close to buildings
  • Remove garden furniture, doormats and other items 
  • Seal all gaps under doors and screens 
  • Fill containers with water - eg bath, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins, etc 
  • Have ladders ready for roof space access (inside) and against roof (outside) 
  • Have generator or petrol pump ready 
  • Check and patrol outside for embers and extinguish any spot fires and seek shelter as 
  • the fire front arrives.

Regular updated information will be provided on the QFRS Rural Operations website at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au or at www.fire.qld.gov.au or by listening to their local radio station. For information on current bushfire incidents visit http://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map.html.

 

 

UPDATE 2.12: Officer in charge of Bribie Island Police station David Crawford-Raby said evacuations in relation to the Bribie fires were only voluntary at this stage.

Senior Sergeant Crawford-Raby said some people were voluntarily leaving homes at White Patch due to the amount of smoke in the area however no forced evacuations were in place.

Access to White Patch has been temporarily closed.

Camp sites have been closed and access gates have been locked.

Volunteer Marine Rescue crews have been tasked to check remote camp sites in the region.

UPDATE 1.23: The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) is advising residents in the vicinity of White Patch (north-west of Wrights Creek), Bribie Island to finalise their bushfire plans and prepare for a bushfire in their area.


At 12.45pm, a number of bushfires were located in Bribie Island National Park, near White Patch. The fires are travelling in a northerly direction and are expected to impact the areas surrounding White Patch Esplanade, including Toowa Street, Horace Street, Coondiba Street, Ethel Street, Hilda Street, Maud Street and Charles Street in the next six to 24 hours.


Residents are advised to finalise their bushfire plans and be prepared to relocate to a safer area if required. Leaving is the safest option for survival in a bushfire.


Well prepared and defended homes can offer safety during the fire and may be defendable.


Currently, 16 fire crews are working to contain the blaze but firefighters may not be able to protect every affected property and residents should not expect a firefighter at their door.


State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers have door-knocked homes in the area to advise residents of the smoke hazard and to prepare to relocate if the situation changes and they are directed to do so by emergency authorities.

White Patch Fire on Bribie Island with helicopters bombing. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News
White Patch Fire on Bribie Island with helicopters bombing. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News Vicki Wood

UPDATE 12.10: Heavy smoke haze from the fire is affecting visibility for drivers along Bribie Island Rd and surrounding areas.

Drivers are urged to take caution.

Photo: Snapshot of the smoke haze on Bribie Island Rd.

 

UPDATE 11.34AM:  Police are assisting with an evacuation of campers from the island. 

Police say this is a precautionary measure & camp grounds will be closed until further notice. 

They have urged people to follow the direction of emergency services & reconsider the need to travel to the island for recreational purposes. 

Residents should monitor local radio & keep up-to-date with bushfire conditions.

All camp grounds on Bribie Island will be CLOSED until further notice. 

 

UPDATE 11.21AM: Two helicopters were seen dumping water on the fire at White Patch as crews battle to fight the blaze on the ground.

Plenty of emergency services were seen at the scene.

Camping trails and sites in the area have been closed to the public until further notice.

White Patch Fire on Bribie Island with helicopters bombing. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News
White Patch Fire on Bribie Island with helicopters bombing. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News Vicki Wood

 

UPDATE: 10.08AM: POLICE are working with fire authorities and the State Emergency Service as a bushfire continues to burn on Bribie Island.

It is expected that residents in White Patch will be impacted by heavy smoke from around midday when the wind direction is expected to change.

Police have asked the SES to door knock residents in White Patch to advise of the smoke hazard. It will be suggested that residents may wish to leave the area to avoid the smoke.

No properties are under threat from the bushfire at this time.

 

UPDATE 9.40AM: Ten fresh fire crews are on Bribie Island this morning battling a blaze in bushland at White Patch.

The fire broke containment lines yesterday afternoon but was brought back under control in the early evening.
Six crews worked throughout the night to keep the fire under control.

A Department of Community Safety spokesman encouraged people suffering from respiratory illnesses to keep medication close by or seek medical advice.

He said no evacuations had been ordered and it was up to individuals whether they stayed on the island.

We'll keep you updated throughout the day.

 

UPDATE 3.08PM: The forestry fire in White Patch jumped major containment lines at about 2.30pm this afternoon.

A Department of Community Safety spokesman said seven crews plus air support were on the scene as of 3pm.

More crews are reportedly on the way from the mainland.

At about 2.30pm two people were injured in a separate incident at the Bruce Highway off-ramp northbound at Pumicestone Rd when the back of a truck caught fire.

Paramedics treated them for minor burns.

The fire spread to neighbouring grassland but has since been extinguished.

 

UPDATE 2.27PM: FIRE crews are working to protect homes from a grassfire near Toorbul.

A Department of Community Safety spokeswoman said the fire started about 1pm near Moffatt Esp and Freeman Rd.

Five fire crews are at the scene and no properties are considered to be under threat.

Queensland Police Service crews are also helping to keep the fire under control.

The spokeswoman said the blaze was reported as a large area of bush on fire.

Fire crews are also working to contain a fire at White Patch, Bribie Island.

Smoke from both fires has caused a heavy haze over the Caboolture region this afternoon.

For more information visit ruralfire.qld.gov.au.

 

EARLIER: FIRE crews are at the scene of a large bushfire crews on scene near White Patch Esp.

The fire is within containment lines.

Smoke from the fire seen from Sandstone Point on Monday.
Smoke from the fire seen from Sandstone Point on Monday. Contributed

A Department of Community Safety spokesman said the Queensland Department of Forestry were overseeing the blaze at this stage.

Water bombers and ground crews worked to contain the fire overnight and will continue to do so today.

The spokesman confirmed the fire is not a threat to properties in the area.

Forestry and fire crews will continue to monitor the situation.

The Rural Fire Service provides map updates of current fires in Queensland which can be found here.

 

Rural fire service map of current fires in Queensland.
Rural fire service map of current fires in Queensland. Contributed

Topics:  bribie island, bushfire, fires, qfrs, white patch


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