LEAVE IMMEDIATELY: Cooroibah/Tewantin (formerly Teewah) bushfire as at 8.45pm Fri 8 Nov
8th November 2019 8:45 PM
Bushfire warning level: EMERGENCY WARNING
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there is a bushfire in Cooroibah, approaching Tewantin and Noosa North Shore. 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.Currently as at 8.45pm, Friday 8 November, a fast-moving fire is travelling in a southerly direction towards Tewantin and Noosa North Shore. All persons north of Cooroy Noosa Road between McKinnon Drive and Tinbeerwah Road, including Noosa Banks, are asked to leave immediately. The fire is impacting this area.
Separate warnings are in place for the greater Tewantin area as well as Noosa North Shore. Residents in those areas must follow the directions in those warnings and authorities.
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 travel in a southerly direction towards Noosaville. Evacuation centres have been established at Noosaville Library (Wallace Drive), The J Noosa (Noosa Drive), Girraween Sports Complex (Eenie Creek Road), Nambour Showgrounds and the Christian Outreach Church at Eumundi. Domestic animals are welcome at the Nambour Showgrounds. The Noosa Leisure Centre is now at capacity. 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 suffer from a respiratory condition, keep your medication close by.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.
• 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.