A fast-moving fire is burning through bushland near Kilcoy.
A fast-moving fire is burning through bushland near Kilcoy.

Be ready to leave as bushfire burns near Kilcoy

RESIDENTS near Kilcoy are preparing to leave their homes as crews monitor a fast-moving fires.

The bushfire is burning near Glenfern and Villeneuve, near Kilcoy and authorities warn the conditions could get worse.

Residents are urged to be ready to follow their bushfire survival plan.

If they do not have a plan, they should be ready to leave the area as the situation could get worse quickly

As of 2.40pm on Monday, November 4, the fast-moving fire is burning in bushland to the west of Alma Court and Axelsen Drive, Villeneuve.

The fire is likely to impact Alma Court and Axlsen Drive, Villeneuve.

Fire crew and firefighting aircraft are currently working to contain the fire, but firefighters may not be able to protect every property.

People should not expect a firefighter at their door.

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

Call 000 immediately if you belibe 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 (@QldFireandRescueService) 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