QFES responding to fire on Russell Island as at 3:05pm – 8 February 2017

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Russell Island Rural Fire Brigade crews are continuing to respond to a vegetation fire that is burning in the vicinity of Glendale Road, Centre Road and Cunningham Avenue, Russell Island.

The blaze, which broke out around 9am this morning, is now burning within containment lines.

Thirteen fire crews are working with aerial support to extinguish the blaze.

There is no threat to property at this time. Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if they believe their property comes under threat.

Smoke is affecting the area. Residents are advised to close windows and doors, and keep medications close by if suffering from a respiratory condition. Motorists should drive with caution and to conditions.

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.

Mainland residents may also notice smoky conditions due to the fire on Russell Island and an unrelated fire burning on Brisbane’s northside at Nudgee Beach and Boondall Wetlands.

There is currently no fire threat on the mainland area of Redland City.

Regular updated information will be provided on the Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFS) website or listen to local radio.

For information on current bushfire incidents visit the Rural Fire Service.

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