QFES advises residents near Tarome bush fire to be ready to leave

UPDATE, 1.45pm

QFES advises there is a bushfire in Tarome 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 1.45pm the fire was continuing to travel in a north-easterly direction in the vicinity of Merlehan Road, Tarome Road and Logan Lane.

The fire is not directly impacting properties, 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.

You should not expect a firefighter at your door.

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

Earlier, 6.40am Tuesday

QFES has advised a bushfire is still burning at Tarome 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 6.40am today the fire was continuing to travel in a north-easterly direction in the vicinity of Merlehan Road, Tarome Road and Logan Lane.

The fire is not directly impacting properties, 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, however firefighters may not be able to protect every property.

Earlier, 1pm Monday:

QFES advises there is a bushfire in Tarome 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-easterly direction in the vicinity of Merlehan Road, Tarome Road and Logan Lane.

The fire is not directly impacting properties, 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 to contain the fire, supported by water bombing aircraft and heavy machinery.

Firefighters may not be able to protect every property.

You should not expect a firefighter at your door.

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

Earlier, 11am:

QFES has advised at 11am the fire was continuing to travel in a north-easterly direction in the vicinity of Merlehan Road, Tarome Road and Logan Lane.

The fire is not directly impacting properties, 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.

A place of refuge for horses is open at Boonah Showgrounds, 8 Melbourne Street. Fire crews are working to contain the fire, supported by water bombing aircraft and heavy machinery.

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.

Earlier, 6.15am Monday:

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has advised the bushfire at Tarome 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 6.15am the fire was continuing to travel in a north-easterly direction in the vicinity of Merlehan Road, Tarone Road and Logan Lane.

The fire is not directly impacting properties, 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.

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

Earlier, 7.30am:

QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services advises there is a bushfire in Tarome 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 7.25am a fire was travelling in a north-easterly direction in the vicinity of Tarome Road.

The fire is no longer directly impacting properties along Tarome 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.

A place of refuge for horses has been opened at Kalbar Showgrounds, George Street.

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.

UPDATE: 6am Sunday:

The most recent update from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services was at 11.40pm last night when QFES advised there was a bushfire in Tarome and conditions could get worse.

The bushfire warning level was "watch and act".

At 11.40pm, Saturday, QFES reported a fire was travelling in a north-easterly direction in the vicinity of Tarome Road.

At that time the fire was no longer directly impacting properties along Tarome Road, however, QFES said this could change quickly and those who havd not 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 evacuating the area should head east on Tarome Road towards Aratula.

A place of refuge for horses has been opened at Kalbar Showgrounds, George Street.

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.

UPDATE, 3.55pm Saturday:

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises there is a bushfire in Tarome and conditions are getting worse.

Follow your bushfire survival plan now.

If you do not have a plan, your safest option is to leave now if it is clear to do so. If you are not in the area, do not return, as conditions are too dangerous.

At 3.55pm a fast moving fire was travelling in a north-easterly direction towards Mount Frazer and Tarome Road.

The fire is impacting areas around Tarome Road.

The fire could have a significant impact on the community.

Fire crews and waterbombing aircraft 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.

Power, water, and mobile phone service may be lost.

Residents evacuating the area should head east on Tarome Road towards Aratula.People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

A place of refuge has been opened at Aratula Community Sports Centre, Carter Road.

A place of refuge for horses has been opened at Kalbar Showgrounds, George Street. Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you are under threat.

Earlier, 6.15am.

FIREFIGHTERS are battling an unpredictable and potentially dangertous bushfire at Tarome.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises 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.

If you have already left the area, it is safe for you to return, however you should also be ready to leave the area because the situation could get worse quickly.

At 2.05 this morning QFES said the large, unpredictable fire was travelling from Mount Castle towards Ryan Road, Hinrichsen Road and Tarome Road. The fire was likely to impact Simmonds Road, Rose Road and the Cunningham Highway.

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.

Yesterday:

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has advised there is a bushfire approaching Tarome.

Leaving immediately is the safest option, as it will soon be too dangerous to drive.

Follow your bushfire survival plan now.

If you do not have a plan, your safest option is to leave immediately if it is clear to do so.

If you cannot leave, identify where you will seek shelter from the bushfire. If you are not in the area, do not return, as conditions are too dangerous.

At 3pm Friday a large, unpredictable and fast-moving fire was burning at Mount Castle travelling in a south-easterly direction towards Tarome Road, Ryan Road, Simmonds Road, Hinrichsen Road, Campsite Road, Rose Road and the Cunningham Highway.

The fire was expected to impact this area within two hours.

This fire is expected to have a significant impact on the community.

Conditions are now very dangerous and firefighters may soon be unable to prevent the fire advancing. The fire may pose a threat to all lives directly in its path. Fire crews may not be able to protect your property. You should not expect a firefighter at your door: act now.

Power, water, and mobile phone service may be lost and road conditions may become very dangerous over the next several hours.

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

Residents should head in an easterly direction towards Aratula. A place of refuge has been opened at Aratula Community Centre, 17 Carter Road at Aratula. Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you are under threat.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:

  • Listen to your local radio station or visit the Rural Fire Service website for regular updates.
  • Put on protective clothing (e.g., a long-sleeved cotton shirt, boots with thick soles)
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
  • If you suffer from a respiratory condition, keep your medication close by
  • If you areleaving:. Secure your pets for safe transport
  • Check for road closures and then advise family and friends of your intended travel route
  • Take your important documents and essential items (e.g., passports, birth certificates, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing) when you leave
  • Drive with caution in low visibility conditions.
  • If you are unable to leave:. Bring pets inside; restrain them with a leash, a cage, or inside a secure room; and provide them with plenty of water
  • 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
  • Identify a safe spot to shelter in, which would be a place with more than one exit, preferably inside a brick building, away from windows and doors
  • The safest spot is the place that will keep you furthest away from the intense heat from the fire
  • As the fire approaches and passes, the safest spot will change, so be ready to move.

KEEP UP TO DATE BY:

FURTHER INFORMATION:. For bushfire preparation tips, visit the RFS website: ruralfire.qld.gov.au/BushFire_Safety.

For information about road closures, call 13 19 40 or visit qldtraffic.qld.gov.au

The next update will be provided by 5pm or if the situation changes.