**Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) crews are no longer required on scene at this incident.**

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Cooloola (south of Rainbow Beach)– bushfire as at 12.35pm Thurs 2 Jan 
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there is a bushfire burning near Freshwater Road, in the vicinity of Freshwater Lake, Freshwater Day Area and south of the ocean entry side of Freshwater. Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) crews will continue to monitor the area over the coming days. There is no threat to property at this time, however nearby residents may be affected by smoke and are asked to close windows and doors and keep medications close by, if suffering from a respiratory condition. 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. 
 
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STAY INFORMED: Cooloola (south of Rainbow Beach) - bushfire as at 6.15pm Mon 30 Dec

Bushfire warning level: ADVICE

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises a bushfire continues to burn in Cooloola.

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

Currently as at 6.15pm Monday 30 December, a bushfire continues to burn near Freshwater Road, in the vicinity of Freshwater Lake, Freshwater Day Area and south of the ocean entry side of Freshwater.

QFES and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) crews will remain on scene over the coming days working to contain the fire.
People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

Freshwater camping area remains closed. Freshwater Road and the Kings Bore Circuit Track, including Bymien Day Use Area, also remains closed. For more information visit: parks.des.qld.gov.au/park-alerts/17534.html.

Campers in the area should remain vigilant over the coming days and adhere to information provided by QPWS Rangers who will be patrolling in the area over the next 24 hours.

Properties are not under direct threat at this time. 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 (@QldFireandEmergencyServices) and Twitter (@QldFES)
• Staying tuned to your local radio station. Find your local ABC radio station at https://radio.abc.net.au/help/offline and your local commercial radio station at http://www.commercialradio.com.au/find-a-station/queensland;
• Visiting the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map

FURTHER INFORMATION:
• For bushfire preparation tips, visit the RFS website: www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/BushFire_Safety
• For information about road closures, call 13 19 40 or visit www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au

The next update will be provided when the situation changes.

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STAY INFORMED: Cooloola (south of Rainbow Beach) - bushfire as at 9.15am Tues 24 Dec

Bushfire warning level: ADVICE

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises a bushfire continues to burn in Cooloola. 

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

Currently as at 9.15am Tuesday 24 December, a bushfire continues to burn near Freshwater Road, in the vicinity of Freshwater Lake and the Freshwater Day Area, Cooloola. 

QFES and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) crews will remain on scene over the coming days working to contain the fire. 
People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

Freshwater camping area remains closed. Freshwater Road and the Kings Bore Circuit Track, including Bymien Day Use Area, also remains closed. For more information visit: parks.des.qld.gov.au/park-alerts/17534.html. 

Properties are not under direct threat at this time. 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 (@QldFireandEmergencyServices) and Twitter (@QldFES)
•           Staying tuned to your local radio station. Find your local ABC radio station at https://radio.abc.net.au/help/offline and your local commercial radio station at http://www.commercialradio.com.au/find-a-station/queensland;
•           Visiting the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map

FURTHER INFORMATION:
•           For bushfire preparation tips, visit the RFS website: www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/BushFire_Safety
•           For information about road closures, call 13 19 40 or visit www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au

The next update will be provided when the situation changes.

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STAY INFORMED: Cooloola (south of Rainbow Beach) - bushfire as at 1.30pm Sun 22 Dec

Bushfire warning level: ADVICE

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there is a bushfire in Cooloola. 

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

Currently as at 1.30pm Sunday 22 December, a bushfire is burning near Freshwater Road, in the vicinity of Freshwater Lake and the Freshwater Day Area, Cooloola. 

QFES and Queensland Parks and Wildlife (QPWS) crews are on scene working to contain the fire. 
People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

Freshwater camping area is closed. Freshwater Road and the Kings Bore Circuit Track, including Bymien Day Use Area, are also closed. For more visit: parks.des.qld.gov.au/park-alerts/17534.html. 

Properties are not under direct threat at this time. 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 (@QldFireandEmergencyServices) and Twitter (@QldFES)
Staying tuned to your local radio station. Find your local ABC radio station at https://radio.abc.net.au/help/offline and your local commercial radio station at http://www.commercialradio.com.au/find-a-station/queensland;
Visiting the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map

FURTHER INFORMATION:
For bushfire preparation tips, visit the RFS website: www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/BushFire_Safety
For information about road closures, call 13 19 40 or visit www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au

The next update will be provided when the situation changes.

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STAY INFORMED: Cooloola (south of Rainbow Beach) - bushfire as at 3.20pm Sat 21 Dec

Bushfire warning level: ADVICE

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there is a bushfire in Cooloola. 

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

Currently as at 3.20pm Saturday 21 December, a bushfire is burning near Freshwater Road, in the vicinity of Freshwater Lake, Cooloola. 

QFES and Queensland Parks and Wildlife (QPWS) crews are on scene working to contain the fire. 

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

Freshwater camping area is closed. Freshwater Road and the Kings Bore Circuit Track, including Bymien Day Use Area, are also closed. For more visit: parks.des.qld.gov.au/park-alerts/17534.html. 

Properties are not under direct threat at this time. 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 (@QldFireandEmergencyServices) and Twitter (@QldFES)
Staying tuned to your local radio station. Find your local ABC radio station at https://radio.abc.net.au/help/offline and your local commercial radio station at http://www.commercialradio.com.au/find-a-station/queensland;
Visiting the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map

FURTHER INFORMATION:
For bushfire preparation tips, visit the RFS website: www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/BushFire_Safety
For information about road closures, call 13 19 40 or visit www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au

The next update will be provided when the situation changes.

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Cooloola (south of Rainbow Beach) – bushfire as at 11.05am Thurs 19 Dec

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises a bushfire continues to burn near Freshwater Road, in the vicinity of Freshwater Lake, Cooloola. Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) crews are on scene working to contain the fire and will continue to patrol over the coming days. There is no threat to property at this time. Nearby residents may be affected by smoke and are asked to close windows and doors. Those suffering from a respiratory condition should keep their medications close by. Motorists should drive with caution and to conditions and be aware that traffic restrictions may be in place in the area. If residents are concerned their property is under threat they are advised to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

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Cooloola (south of Rainbow Beach) – bushfire as at 11.50am Mon 16 Dec
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there is a bushfire burning near Freshwater Road, in the vicinity of Freshwater Lake, Cooloola. Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service crews are on scene working to contain the fire. There is no threat to property at this time. Nearby residents may be affected by smoke and are asked to close windows and doors. Those suffering from a respiratory condition should keep their medications close by. Motorists should drive with caution and to conditions and be aware that traffic restrictions may be in place in the area. If residents are concerned their property is under threat they are advised to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
 
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Cooloola (south of Rainbow Beach) – bushfire as at 10.35am Mon 16 Dec

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) crews are on scene at a bushfire burning near Freshwater Road, in the vicinity of Freshwater Lake, Cooloola. Crews are working to contain the fire and there is no threat to property at this time. Nearby residents may be affected by smoke and are asked to close windows and doors. Those suffering from a respiratory condition should keep their medications close by. Motorists should drive with caution and to conditions and be aware that traffic restrictions may be in place in the area. If residents are concerned their property is under threat they are advised to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.