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QFES: Esk fire could burn for days, water-bombing on the go

LATEST: Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews are currently on scene at a bushfire burning near Esk Crows Nest Rd and Wells Station Rd at Biarra.

This fire broke out yesterday and is posing no threat to property at this time.

The fire is contained and firefighters are monitoring the scene.

Water-bombing is also taking place in the area to help keep the fire under control.

Nearby residents are advised that this fire could burn for several days, and the area may be affected by smoke.

Residents are asked to close windows and doors and if suffering from a respiratory condition, keep medications close by.

Motorists should drive with caution and to conditions.

If residents are concerned their property is under threat they are advised to call Triple Zero (000) immediately. 

 

QFES cancel Esk fire warning, issue smoke alert

EARLIER: The previous bushfire warning for Biarra has been cancelled.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews are currently on scene at a bushfire burning near Esk Crows Nest Rd and Wells Station Rd at Biarra.

This fire broke out yesterday and is posing no threat to property at this time.

The fire is contained and firefighters are monitoring the scene.

Biarra residents may be affected by smoke.

Residents are asked to close windows and doors and if suffering from a respiratory condition, keep medications close by. Motorists should drive with caution and to conditions.

If residents are concerned their property is under threat they are advised to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

 

'Stay informed': QFES downgrade Esk fire warning

THURSDAY UPDATE 5PM: The previous bushfire warning for Biarra near Esk has been downgraded to 'stay informed'.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advised residents to keep up to date and decide what actions to take if the situation changed.

At 5pm, the large fire was travelling from Esk Crows Nest Road towards Wells Station Road.

Fire crews were working with aerial support to contain the fire.

They expect people in the area to be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

QFES said properties are not under direct threat at this time.

 

PREPARE TO LEAVE: Bushfire at Biarra, Esk 

WEDNESDAY: Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advise there is a bushfire in Biarra and conditions could get worse.

At 3pm, the large, fast moving fire is travelling from Esk Crows Nest Rd towards Wells Station Rd. The fire is likely to impact Wells Station Rd.

Fire crews are working to contain the fire but 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.

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe your property is under threat.

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.

 

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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The next update will be provided by 5pm or if the situation changes.

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