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LEAVE NOW| Lowmead Fire

LEAVE NOW: Lowmead bushfire as at 4.15pm Mon 9 Sep
9th September 2019 4:15 PM

The previous bushfire warning has changed.

Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there is a bushfire in Lowmead 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.

Currently as at 4.15pm Monday 9 September, a large and fast-moving fire is travelling in a northerly direction from Seeds Road toward the intersection of Gorge Road and Tableland Road. It is expected to impact Seeds Road and Tableland Road within the next two hours. The fire could have a significant impact on the community.

Residents living between Gorge Road and Mitchell Road should leave now.

Residents of Seeds Road and residents of Tableland Road north of the intersection of Seeds Road and Tableland Road should evacuate north along Tableland Road in the direction of Miriam Vale or Agnes Water.

Residents south of the intersection of Seeds Road and Tableland Road should evacuate south along Tableland Road in the direction of Bundaberg.

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

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

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 (RFS) 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 are leaving:
• 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.
• 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.
• If you suffer from a respiratory condition, keep your medication close by.