Rural Fire Service at the Wallangarra bushfire.
Rural Fire Service at the Wallangarra bushfire. Graham Parker

BUSHFIRE: Fireys to work throughout the day to contain fire

LATEST, 10AM: Queensland Fire and Emergency Services are warning residents to stay up to date with the Wallangarra and Eukey bushfire situation.

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

At 9.50am, the a bushfire is burning in a north-westerly direction through Girraween National Park, south of Pyramids Rd.

Fire crews are working with air support throughout the day, backburning and strengthening containment lines around the Conservation Lodge and along Pyramids Rd.


Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service crews may be using machinery to open up existing fire breaks behind properties south of Eukey Road.

QFES said the fire is producing large amounts of smoke from the New South Wales border to Stanthorpe and surrounding areas, affecting Wallangarra, Ballandean and Eukey in particular.

Queensland residents are advised to follow warnings issued by QFES.

New South Wales residents are asked to refer to the warnings being issued by the New South Wales Rural Fire Service regarding any relevant evacuation arrangements. Visit here for more information.

Call Triple Zero (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.

KEEP UP TO DATE BY:

  • Following QFES on Facebook (@QldFireandRescueService) and Twitter (@QldFES)
  • Staying tuned to your local radio station. Find your local ABC radio station here and your local commercial radio station here;
  • Visiting the Rural Fire Service website

FURTHER INFORMATION:

  • For bushfire preparation tips, visit the RFS website
  • For information about road closures, call 13 19 40 or visit here.


The next update will be provided when the situation changes.

5.10PM, February 16: Firefighters will work throughout the night battling a bushfire which today jumped containment lines, potentially threatening properties.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have revised an earlier emergency warning to "advice" level, and urge residents to remain up to date as the situation unfolds.

"You need to keep up to date and decide what actions you will take if the situation changes," QFES advised.

"Currently as at 5.10pm Saturday, 16 February, a bushfire is burning in a north-westerly direction through Girraween National Park towards Wyberba.

"Fire crews and water bombing aircraft will be backburning and working to contain the fire throughout the evening.

"This fire is producing large amounts of smoke from the New South Wales border to Stanthorpe and surrounding areas.

"This smoke is particularly affecting Wallangarra, Ballandean and Eukey. People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality."

Queensland residents are advised to follow warnings issued by QFES.

The view of the smoke at the Wallangarra Fire from a waterbombing pilots perspective.
The view of the smoke at the Wallangarra Fire from a waterbombing pilots perspective. NSW RFS

2.25PM: RESIDENTS in the Eukey area have been told to leave their properties immediately due to a worsening bushfire situation.

An evacuation centre has been opened at the Stanthorpe Fitness Centre at 25 Talc Rd, Stanthorpe.

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services issued the emergency alert for residents:

"Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises there is a bushfire approaching Eukey.

"Leaving immediately is the safest option, as it will soon be too dangerous to drive.

"Follow your bushfire survival plan now. If you do not have a plan, your safest option is to leave immediately if it is clear to do so.

"If you cannot leave, identify where you will seek shelter from the bushfire. If you are not in the area, do not return, as conditions are too dangerous.

"Currently as at 2.25pm Saturday, 16 February a large and unpredictable fire is travelling in a north-westerly direction towards Eukey.

"The fire has crossed Pyramids Road and is expected to impact properties to the south of Eukey Road in the coming hours.

"The fire is expected to have a significant impact on the community.

"Conditions are now very dangerous and firefighters may soon be unable to prevent the fire advancing.

"The fire may pose a threat to all lives directly in its path.

"Fire crews may not be able to protect your property. You should not expect a firefighter at your door: act now.

"Power, water, and mobile phone service may be lost and road conditions may become very dangerous over the next several hours.

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

"People should leave the area via Eukey road in a westerly direction towards Stanthorpe.

An evacuation centre has been opened at the Stanthorpe Fitness Centre, 25 Talc Road, Stanthorpe.

EARLIER: RESIDENTS have been told to prepare to leave their properties due to a large bushfire at Wallangarra near the NSW border.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services issued a "watch and act" warning for residents, urging them to be ready to follow bushfire survival plans.

Conditions could get worse, QFES warned.

"You need to be ready to follow your bushfire survival plan," the QFES advice read.

"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 11.55am Saturday … a fire is burning in a westerly direction through Girraween National Park.

"The fire is likely to impact Pyramids Rd, Wyberba."

Multiple fire crews have been fighting the blaze for the past five days, including the use of water bombing aircraft.

"Fire crews and water bombing aircraft are working to contain the fire but firefighters may not be able to protect every property," QFES warned.

"You should not expect a firefighter at your door.

"Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service machinery may be working south of Eukey Rd, opening up existing fire breaks behind properties from Eukey towards Ballandean.

"This fire is producing large amounts of smoke from the New South Wales border to Stanthorpe and surrounding areas.

"This smoke is particularly affecting Wallangarra, Ballandean and Eukey.

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

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, 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.


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