Unpredictable fire still burns at Mt Alphen and Double Top, west of Clumber

FIRE: The blaze as seen from Tarome this afternoon. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
FIRE: The blaze as seen from Tarome this afternoon. Photo: Larraine Sathicq


UPDATE, 1.50pm

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises there is a bushfire in Mount Alphen and Double Top 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 1.50pm the unpredictable bushfire was continuing to burn north of Spicers Gap Road, near Spicers Peak on inaccessible and difficult land.

The bushfire is continuing to travel 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.

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.

People in the area will be affected by smoke, including motorists on the Cunningham Highway, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

Earlier, 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, 1pm Monday:

QFES advises there is a bushfire in Mount Alphen and Double Top and conditions could get worse.

At 1pm the unpredictable bushfire was continuing to burn north of Spicers Gap Road, near Spicers Peak in 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.

Fire crews conducted significant backburning operations overnight and continue to undertake further backburning in an effort to contain the fire.

Waterbombing aircraft and heavy machinery are also assisting ground crews, however, 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.

People in the area will be affected by smoke, including motorists on the Cunningham Highway, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

Earlier, 11am

QFES has advised that at 11am an unpredictable bushfire was continuing to burn north of Spicers Gap Road, near Spicers Peak in 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.

Fire crews conducted significant backburning operations overnight and continue working to contain the fire with the assistance of waterbombing 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 has been opened at Boonah Showgrounds, 8 Melbourne Street.

People in the area will be affected by smoke, including motorists on the Cunningham Highway, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

Earlier, 6.30am Monday

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has advised the bushfire in 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 shouldbe ready to leave the area because the situation could get worse quickly.

At 6.30am an unpredictable bushfire was continuing to burn north of Spicers Gap Road in inaccessible and difficult land, between Mount Alphen and Double Top.

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

The fire is expected to impact Cunningham Highway.

Fire crews are working to contain the fire and will continue to monitor the area overnight. Firefighters may not be able to protect every property.

You should not expect a firefighter at your door.

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

Earlier, 5.55pm Sunday:

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises there is a bushfire in Mount Alphen and Double Top 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.

As at 5.55pm an unpredictable bushfire was continuing to burn north of Spicers Gap Road in inaccessible and difficult land, between Mount Alphen and Double Top.

The bushfire is travelling in a north, north easterly direction towards Mount Mathieson and the Cunningham Highway. The fire is expected to have an impact on the Cunningham Highway.

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.

UPDATE, 4.40am Sunday:

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises there is a bushfire in Mount Alphen and Double Top and conditions could get worse. The bushfire is part of the Clumber fire.

QFES reported at 4.40am an unpredictable bushfire was burning in inaccessible land between Mount Alphen and Double Top.

The bushfire was travelling in an easterly direction towards Spicers Gap Road and Wilsons Road.

QFES advises 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 is likely to impact areas around Spicers Gap Road and Wilsons 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.

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

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, 4.10pm

: QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services advises there is a bushfire in Mount Alphen and Double Top and conditions could get worse. This fire is part of the Clumber fire, near Boonah.

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 4.10pm, an unpredictable bushfire was burning in inaccessible land between Mount Alphen and Double Top.

The bushfire is travelling in a north easterly direction towards Spicers Gap Road and Wilsons Road.

The fire is likely to impact areas around Spicers Gap Road and Wilsons 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.

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

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