Traffic restrictions at Wyaralong as Scenic Rim firies battle blaze

TRAFFIC control and lane restrictions are in place as firefighters battle to contain the bushfire at Wyaralong.

A spokeswoman for Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said heavy smoke and lane closures were impacting driving conditions in the area and motorists were advised to stay informed of the situation around the fire.

She said eight crews were working to contain the blaze, with aerial support brought in to map the area and determine the location and scope of the fire but no properties were under direct threat from the fire.

The spokeswoman said containment lines had been installed and QFES was monitoring the blaze.

The firefighters left the scene about midnight this morning and returned at 8am.

At 12.20pm QFES advised that the bushfire was burning on private property along Beaudesert Boonah Road, Wyaralong and moving in a north westerly direction. 

They warned people in the area would be affected by smoke, which would reduce visibility and air quality and Beaudesert Boonah Road would be operating via one lane from 1.00pm today, with motorists advised to drive with caution and to conditions. 

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 athttps://radio.abc.net.au/help/offline and your local commercial radio station athttp://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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