QFES issues prepare to leave alert for Clumber and Moogerah

UPDATE, 1.40pm


Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises there is a bushfire in Clumber and Moogerah and conditions could get worse.

You need tobe 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.

At 1.40pm the fire was continuing to travel in a north, north-easterly direction towards Wilson Road.

The fire is not directly impacting properties along Wilson Road, however this could change quickly and those who haven't already left, should be ready to leave.

Firefighters are working to contain the blaze and will continue to monitor the fire.

Firefighting aircraft and heavy machinery will be operating in the area throughout the day.

Firefighters may not be able to protect every property. Youshould not expect a firefighter at your door.

A place of refuge for horses is open at Boonah Showgrounds, 8 Melbourne Street.

UPDATE, 11.50am:

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has advised the bushfire at Mount Alphen and Double Top continues to burn and conditions could get worse.

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.

At 11.50am the unpredictable bushfire was continuing to burn north of Spicers Gap Road, near Spicers Peak on inaccessible and difficult land.

The bushfire is travelling in a north, north-easterly direction towards Mount Mathieson and the Cunningham Highway.

The fire is likely to have an impact on the Cunningham Highway.

Firefighters are working to contain the blaze and will continue to monitor the fire.

Firefighting aircraft and heavy machinery will be operating in the area throughout the day.


Earlier, 6.45am Tuesday

QFES has advised the bushfire in Clumber and Moogerah is still burning and conditions could get worse.

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.

At 6.45am the fire was continuing to travel in a north, north-easterly direction towards Wilson Road.

The fire is not directly impacting properties along Wilson Road, however this could change quickly and those who haven't already left, should be ready to leave.

Crews are continuing to monitor the area, however firefighters may not be able to protect every property.

Earlier, 1pm Monday

QFES advises there is a bushfire in Clumber and Moogerah and conditions could get worse.

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.

At 1pm the fire was continuing to travel in a north, north-easterly direction towards Wilson Road.

The fire is not directly impacting properties along Wilson Road, however this could change quickly and those who haven't already left, should be ready to leave.

Those who have left the area should not return until advised it is safe to do so.

Crews will continue to patrol and monitor the area today, with the support of water bombing aircraft and heavy machinery.

Firefighters may not be able to protect every property. You should not expect a firefighter at your door.

Earlier, 11am:

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises there is a bushfire in Clumber and Moogerah and conditions could get worse.

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.

At 11am the fire was continuing to travel in a north, north-easterly direction towards Wilson Road.

The fire is not directly impacting properties along Wilson Road, however this could change quickly and those who haven't already left, should be ready to leave.

Those who have left the area should not return until advised it is safe to do so.

Earlier today, 6.15am:

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises there is still a bushfire in Clumber and Moogerah and conditions could get worse.

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.

At 6.15am the fire was continuing to travel in a north, north-easterly direction towards Wilson Road.

The fire is not directly impacting properties along Wilson Road, however this could change quickly and those who haven't already left, should be ready to leave.

Those who have left the area should not return until advised it is safe to so.

Firefighters are working to contain the blaze and are continuing to backburn along Wilson Road and Spicers Gap Road.

UPDATE, 6pm Sunday

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises there is a bushfire in Clumber and Moogerah and conditions could get worse.You need tobe 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.

As at 6pm the fire was continuing to travel in a north, north-easterly direction towards Wilson Road.

The fire is not directly impacting properties along Wilson Road, however, this could change quickly and those who haven't already left, should be ready to leave.

Those who have left the area should not return until advised it is safe to do so.Fire crews and heavy machinery 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.

A place of refuge for horses has been opened at Boonah Showgrounds, 8 Melbourne Street.

Earlier, 7.20am Sunday:

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises there is a bushfire in Clumber and Moogerah and conditions could get worse.

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.

At 7.20am the fire was travelling in a northerly direction towards Wilson Road.

The fire is no longer directly impacting properties along Wilson Road, however, this could change quickly and those who haven't already left, should be ready to leave.

Those who have left the area should not return until advised it is safe to do so.

Fire crews are working with water bombing aircraft to contain the fire but firefighters 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.

Earlier:

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises there is a bushfire in Clumber and Moogerah and conditions could get worse.

At 4.45am Sunday, November 10, a fire was travelling in a northerly direction towards Wilson Road.

The fire is no longer directly impacting properties along Wilson Road, however, this could change quickly and those who haven't already left, should be ready to leave.

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.

Those who have left the area should not return until advised it is safe to do so.

Residents self-evacuating from Wilson Road and Spicers Gap Road, Clumber, should make their way towards Aratula via Lake Moogerah Road and the Cunningham Highway.

Residents along Wild Cattle Creek Road and Croftby Road should make their way towards Mount Alford via Lake Moogerah Road.

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.

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.

Saturday:

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there is a bushfire in Clumber and Moogerah, south of Boonah and conditions could get worse.

At 5.45am Saturday a large fire is burning between Wilson Road and Spicers Gap Road, Clumber, and Croftby Road and Wild Cattle Creek Road, Moogerah. It is expected to impact Wilson Road and Spicers Gap Road, Clumber, and Croftby Road and Wild Cattle Creek Road, Moogerah.

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.

The fire could have a significant impact on the community.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.

Yesterday: 1pm

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has advised there is a bushfire in Clumber and conditions could get worse.

People near the fire zone are urged to be ready to follow their 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.

At 1pm the large bushfire was burning between Wilson Road and Spicers Gap Road, Clumber and Croftby Road, Munchow Road, Grace Road, Mount Greville Road and Wild Cattle Creek Road at Moogerah.

The fire was travelling in an easterly direction towards Wild Cattle Creek Road.

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

Residents self-evacuating from Wilson Road and Spicers Gap Road should make their way towards Aratula via Lake Moogerah Road and the Cunningham Highway.

Residents along Wild Cattle Creek Road can make their way towards Mount Alford via Lake Moogerah Road.

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

Earlier: 11.25am Friday

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises there is a bushfire in Clumber and conditions could get worse.

As at 11.25am Friday 8 November, a large bushfire is burning between Wilson Road at Clumber, Spicers Gap Road at Clumber and Wild Cattle Creek Road at Moogerah. This fire is travelling in an easterly direction towards Wild Cattle Creek 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.

QFES and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service 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.

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

Residents self-evacuating from Wilson Road and Spicers Gap Road should make their way towards Aratula via Lake Moogerah Road and the Cunningham Highway. Residents along Wild Cattle Creek Road can make their way towards Mount Alford via Lake Moogerah Road.

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

Yesterday, 7.30pm:

QFES has issued a prepare to leave alert with a bushfire warning level WATCH and ACT.

They advise there is a bushfire in Clumber and conditions could get worse.

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 6.10pm a large bushfire is burning between Wilson Road and Spicers Gap Road. It is currently travelling in a north-easterly direction towards Clumber.

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.

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

Those leaving the area should make their way towards Aratula via Lake Moogerah Road and the Cunningham Highway.

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.

EARLIER:

FIREFIGHTERS are calling on Queenslanders to be on high alert with severe and extreme fire conditions expected across the state over the coming days.

This comes as firies have been working around the clock to contain and monitor fires burning near Beechmont Road, Tarlington Road and North Road at Lower Beechmont and between Wilsons Road and Spicers Gap Road, Clumber, south of Boonah.

BOM meteorologist Livio Regano said winds tomorrow would be unlikely to carry any moisture and may hit the Scenic Rim at up to 40km/h.

"This is worrying," he said. "Today is bad but tomorrow will probably be much worse."

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services acting commissioner Mike Wassing said the threat of hot temperatures, strong winds and tinderbox conditions were expected to peak tomorrow and could continue for several days.

"Communities along the coast south of Ingham right down to the Gold Coast and west to Roma and Stanthorpe are expected to experience this fresh round of heightened fire danger," Mr Wassing said.

"Extreme fire danger is also forecast to affect the Darling Downs and Granite Belt.

"Conditions will be at their worst on Friday and Saturday when a mix of strong winds, low humidity and hot temperatures are expected to exacerbate the bushfire risk.

"Queensland has experienced intense bushfire activity already this season and this has occurred on the back of weather conditions like what is expected tomorrow and this weekend.

"With that in mind, we have local fire bans in place across large parts of the state and have crews ready to respond when and if required."

Mr Wassing urged residents to take precautions and avoid activities that could start fires.

"Residents should not use outdoor machinery and power tools near vegetation as one stray spark is all it takes to start a bushfire," he said.

"This includes the use of lawn mowers, slashers, tractors, grinders and welders."

Mr Wassing said it was important Queenslanders kept up-to-date with the latest bushfire warnings and knew what to do in the event of a fire.

"Fires that start under these weather conditions can be very fast-moving and extremely difficult for firefighters to contain," he said.

"That is why people must have a Bushfire Survival Plan, be mindful of local conditions if travelling and know what to do in an emergency.

"Practical steps people can take include identifying the routes they will take if they need to evacuate, where they plan to evacuate to and ensuring their emergency kits are stocked and current.

"People should be familiar with where to go to stay informed with the latest bushfire warnings and other important information, and follow instructions issued by emergency services.

"Additionally, I encourage anyone who notices fire activity over the coming days to report it to Triple Zero (000) immediately.

"This ensures our crews have the best chance of stopping a fire before it gets out of hand and potentially becomes a threat to lives and property."

The warning also comes after police declared an emergency declaration under the Public Safety Preservation Act at Ipswich this afternoon following a fire at a dry cleaning business.

The declaration was made just before midday after the blaze broke out at the premises on Brisbane Street.

The declared zone of Limestone Street, Brisbane Street, Marsden Parade and Bell Street was revoked at 1.25pm.

Police declared a crime scene and investigations are underway to determine the cause of the fire.

To keep up to date on the bush fire situation, follow QFES on Facebook and Twitter or visit the Rural Fire Service website at ruralfire.qld.gov.au for more information.