**Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) crews are no longer required on scene at this incident.**
 
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Cross Road/Whytallabah Road/Hills Road (part of the Mount Maria bushfire) – bushfire as at 7.55am Tue 24 Dec

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) crews are on scene at a bushfire burning within containment lines in the vicinity of Cross Road, Hills Road, Whytallabah Road and Kirkpatrick Road. There is no threat to property at this time. Nearby areas may be affected by a smoke haze. Residents are asked to close windows and doors and if suffering from a respiratory condition, keep medication 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.
 
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STAY INFORMED: Cross Road/Whytallabah Road/Hills Road (part of the Mount Maria bushfire) as at 7am Sun 22 Dec

Bushfire warning level: ADVICE
 
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises a bushfire continues to burn near Mount Maria.
 
You need to keep up to date and decide what actions you will take if the situation changes.
 
There is a separate bushfire warning in place for Lowmead residents.
 
Currently as at 7am Sunday 22 December, the eastern side of the Mount Maria fire is burning in the vicinity of Cross Road, Hills Road, Whytallabah Road and Kirkpatrick Road. 
 
Firefighters are strengthening containment lines as required and will continue to monitor and patrol the area.
 
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.
 
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: Cross Road/Whytallabah Road/Hills Road (part of the Mount Maria bushfire) as at 5.55pm Fri 20 Dec

Bushfire warning level: ADVICE
 
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises a bushfire continues to burn near Mount Maria.
 
You need to keep up to date and decide what actions you will take if the situation changes.
There is a separate bushfire warning in place for Lowmead residents.
 
Currently as at 5.55pm Friday 20 December, the eastern side of the Mount Maria fire is burning in the vicinity of Cross Road, Hills Road, Whytallabah Road and Kirkpatrick Road. 
 
This fire may burn for several days. Firefighters will remain on scene to strengthen containment lines as required and will continue to monitor and patrol the area.  
 
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.
 
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: Cross Road/Whytallabah Road/Hills Road (part of the Mount Maria bushfire) as at 7am Fri 20 Dec
 
Bushfire warning level: ADVICE

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises a bushfire continues to burn near Mount Maria.

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

There are separate bushfire warnings in place for Lowmead residents and residents along Tableland Road and Cross Road in Mount Maria.

Currently as at 7am Friday 20 December, the eastern side of the Mount Maria fire is burning in the vicinity of Cross Road, Hills Road, Whytallabah Road and Kirkpatrick Road. 

Firefighters will be strengthening containment lines as required and will continue monitoring and patrolling the area throughout the day. This fire may burn for several days and crews will remain in the area.

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.

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: Cross Road/Whytallabah Road/Hills Road (part of the Mount Maria bushfire) as at 5.25pm Thurs 19 Dec

Bushfire warning level: ADVICE

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises a bushfire continues to burn near Mount Maria.

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

There are separate bushfire warnings in place for Lowmead residents and residents along Tableland Road and Cross Road in Mount Maria.

Currently as at 5.25pm Thursday 19 December, the eastern side of the Mount Maria fire is burning in the vicinity of Cross Road, Hills Road, Whytallabah Road and Kirkpatrick Road. 

Firefighters will be strengthening containment lines as required and will continue monitoring and patrolling the area overnight. This fire may burn for several days and crews will remain in the area.

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.

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: Cross Road/Whytallabah Road/Hills Road (part of the Mount Maria bushfire) as at 4.45pm Wed 18 Dec

Bushfire warning level: ADVICE
 
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises a bushfire continues to burn near Mount Maria.
 
You need to keep up to date and decide what actions you will take if the situation changes.
 
There are separate bushfire warnings in place for Lowmead residents and residents along Tableland Road and Cross Road in Mount Maria.
 
Currently as at 4.45pm Wednesday 18 December, the eastern side of the Mount Maria fire is burning in the vicinity of Cross Road, Hills Road, Whytallabah Road and Kirkpatrick Road. 

Firefighters will continue to monitor and patrol the area throughout the evening. This fire may continue to burn for several days and crews will remain in the area.
 
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.
 
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: Cross Road/Whytallabah Road/Hills Road (part of the Mount Maria bushfire) as at 11.15am Wed 18 Dec

Bushfire warning level: ADVICE
 
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises a bushfire continues to burn near Mount Maria.
 
You need to keep up to date and decide what actions you will take if the situation changes.
 
There are separate bushfire warnings in place for Lowmead residents and residents along Tableland Road and Cross Road in Mount Maria.
 
Currently as at 11.15am Wednesday 18 December, the eastern side of the Mount Maria fire is burning in the vicinity of Cross Road, Hills Road, Whytallabah Road and Kirkpatrick Road. 
 
Firefighters are working to contain the blaze and will continue to monitor throughout the day. This fire may continue to burn for several days and crews will remain in the area.
 
Those residents who previously left the area are not allowed to return yet. Local residents can still access Baffle Creek, Agnes Water and Bundaberg. 
 
A place of refuge is available at Miriam Vale Community Hall, 41 Blomfield Street, Miriam Vale.
 
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.
 
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: Cross Road/Whytallabah Road/Hills Road (part of the Mount Maria bushfire) as at 9.10am Wed 18 Dec
 
Bushfire warning level: ADVICE

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises a bushfire continues to burn near Mount Maria.

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

There are separate bushfire warnings in place for Lowmead residents and residents along Tableland Road and Cross Road in Mount Maria.

Currently as at 9.10am Wednesday 18 December, a dangerous fire is travelling in a south-westerly direction towards John Clifford Way, Lowmead. It has already impacted residents along Tableland Road, south of Mitchell Road, and Lowmead Road, west of Mitchell Road.  

Lowmead Road remains closed at John Clifford Way and Tableland Road. Tableland Road remains closed at Hills Road and Cross Road.

Those residents who previously left the area are not allowed to return yet. Local residents can still access Baffle Creek, Agnes Water and Bundaberg. 

The fire may continue to burn for several days and crews will remain in the area working to contain the blaze.

An evacuation centre remains open at Miriam Vale Community Hall, 41 Blomfield Street, Miriam Vale.

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.

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: Cross Road/Whytallabah Road/Hills Road (part of the Mount Maria bushfire) as at 6.30pm Tues 17 Dec

Bushfire warning level: ADVICE

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there is a bushfire in the vicinity of Mount Maria.

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

Currently as at 6.30pm Tuesday 17 December, the eastern side of the Mount Maria fire is burning in the vicinity of Cross Road, Hills Road, Whytallabah Road and Kirkpatrick Road. 

There is a separate bushfire warning in place for residents along Tableland Road and Cross Road.

Fire crews will conduct backburning operations to strengthen containment lines throughout the night. Residents can expect that these activities could take place close to properties in the area.

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.

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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PREPARE TO LEAVE: Cross Road/Whytallabah Road/Hills Road (part of the Mount Maria bushfire) as at 2.10pm Tues 17 Dec

Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there is a dangerous bushfire in the vicinity of Mount Maria and conditions could get worse.

There is a separate bushfire warning in place for residents along Tableland Road and Cross Road.
 
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.
 
Currently as at 2.10pm Tuesday 17 December, the eastern side of the Mount Maria fire is burning in the vicinity of Cross Road, Hills Road, Whytallabah Road and Kirkpatrick Road. Residents should be prepared to leave the area as the situation may change quickly.
 
Fire crews are working with landowners to contain the fire, supported by aerial firefighting operations. Firefighters may not be able to protect every property. You should not expect a firefighter at your door.
                                                                     
Tableland Road is closed between Cross Road and Hills, however there is access to Baffle Creek, Agnes Water and Bundaberg. 
 
Residents choosing to evacuate should travel south along Hills Road or north along Cross Road towards Miriam Vale to family and friends. 
 
There is an evacuation centre at Miriam Vale Community Hall, 41 Blomfield St Miriam Vale.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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 by 4.10pm or if the situation changes.

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PREPARE TO LEAVE: Cross Road/Whytallabah Road/Hills Road (part of the Mount Maria bushfire) as at 12.55pm Tues 17 Dec
Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there is a dangerous bushfire in the vicinity of Mount Maria and conditions could get worse.

Residents who have evacuated will not be allowed to return to the area until they are advised it is safe to do so due to dangerous fire activity. 
 
There is a separate bushfire warning in place for residents along Tableland Road and Cross Road.
 
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.
 
Currently as at 12.55pm Tuesday 17 December, the eastern side of the Mount Maria fire is burning in the vicinity of Cross Road, Hills Road, Whytallabah Road and Kirkpatrick Road. While these properties are not under direct threat at this time, residents should be prepared to leave the area as the situation could change quickly.
 
Fire crews will continue working to contain the fire but firefighters may not be able to protect every property. You should not expect a firefighter at your door.
                                                                     
Tableland Road is closed between Cross Road and Hills, however there is access to Baffle Creek, Agnes Water and Bundaberg. 
 
Residents choosing to evacuate should travel south along Hills Road or north along Cross Road towards Miriam Vale to family and friends. 
 
There is an evacuation centre at Miriam Vale Community Hall, 41 Blomfield St Miriam Vale.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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 by 2.55pm or if the situation changes.
 
Earlier...

PREPARE TO LEAVE: Cross Road/Whytallabah Road/Hills Road (part of the Mount Maria bushfire) as at 9.55am Tues 17 Dec

 
Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there is a dangerous bushfire in the vicinity of Mount Maria and conditions could get worse.

Residents who have evacuated will not be allowed to return to the area until they are advised it is safe to do so due to dangerous fire activity. 
 
There is a separate bushfire warning in place for residents along Tableland Road and Cross Road.
 
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.
 
Currently as at 9.55am Tuesday 17 December, the eastern side of the Mount Maria fire is burning in the vicinity of Cross Road, Hills Road, Whytallabah Road and Kirkpatrick Road. While these properties are not under direct threat at this time, residents should be prepared to leave the area as the situation could change quickly.
 
Fire crews are working to contain the fire but firefighters may not be able to protect every property. You should not expect a firefighter at your door.
 
Tableland Road is closed between Cross Road and Hills, however there is access to Baffle Creek, Agnes Water and Bundaberg. 
 
Residents choosing to evacuate should travel south along Hills Road or north along Cross Road towards Miriam Vale to family and friends. 
 
There is an evacuation centre at Miriam Vale Community Hall, 41 Blomfield St Miriam Vale.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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 by 11.55am or if the situation changes.

Earlier...

PREPARE TO LEAVE: Cross Road/ Whytallabah Road/ Hills Road (part of the Mount Maria bushfire) as at 8.45pm Mon 16 Dec

Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there is a dangerous bushfire in the vicinity of Mount Maria and conditions could get worse.

Residents who have evacuated will not be allowed to return to the area until they are advised it is safe to do so due to dangerous fire activity. 
 
There is a separate bushfire warning in place for residents along Tableland Road and Cross Road.
 
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.
 
Currently as at 8.45pm Monday 16 December, the eastern side of the Mount Maria fire is burning in the vicinity of Cross Road, Hills Road, Whytallabah Road and Kirkpatrick Road. While these properties are not under direct threat at this time, residents should be prepared to leave the area as the situation could change quickly.
 
Fire crews are working to contain the fire but firefighters may not be able to protect every property. You should not expect a firefighter at your door.
 
Tableland Road is closed at Cross Road, however there is access to Baffle Creek, Agnes Water and Bundaberg. 
 
Residents choosing to evacuate should travel south along Hills Road or north along Cross Road towards Miriam Vale to family and friends. 
 
There is an evacuation centre at Miriam Vale Community Hall, 41 Blomfield St Miriam Vale.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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 by 8am or if the situation changes.