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Updated ADVICE Message for grass fire east of Herberton (Atherton) as at 5.30pm
27/11/2012 5:34:45 PM
A large grass fire continues to burn in the vicinity of Alma and Denbigh Roads, Herberton. Nine fire crews are at the scene and will work throughout the evening conducting backburning operations at the end of E Hill Road and around Moomin (Herberton) and will work to maintain containment lines.
The fire, which has been burning since around 11am on Sunday, 25 November, is causing a large smoke haze and motorists are urged to drive to conditions.
Residents in the vicinity of Herberton, Wondecla and Moomin are asked to remain vigilant and close their windows and doors. If they suffer from respiratory illness they should keep their medication close by.
Firefighters have successfully protected three properties on Moomin Road, Moomin which were under threat in the afternoon. No other properties are under threat at this time however, if residents believe their home has come under threat they are asked to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
Residents should consider taking precautionary measures including:
Put on protective clothing
Drink lots of water
Move car/s to a safe location
Close windows and doors and shut blinds
Bring pets inside and restrain them (leash, cage or secure room) and provide water
Wet down fine fuels close to buildings
Remove garden furniture, doormats and other items
Seal all gaps under doors and screens
Fill containers with water - eg bath, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins, etc
Have ladders ready for roof space access (inside) and against roof (outside)
Have generator or petrol pump ready
Check and patrol outside for embers and extinguish any spot fires and seek shelter as
the fire front arrives.
Regular updated information will be provided on the QFRS Rural Operations website at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au or at www.fire.qld.gov.au or by listening to their local radio station. For information on current bushfire incidents visit http://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map.html .
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