Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is advising residents in the vicinity of Aura and surrounding suburbs to enact their bushfire plans and prepare for a fire in their area.
If residents do not have a bushfire survival plan or their plan is to leave, they are advised to do so now.
At 1.30pm on Friday 18 August a large bushfire was located at Roys Road, near the Bruce Highway. The fast moving fire is travelling in an easterly direction and is expected to impact the suburb of Aura imminently. Residents are advised to evacuate moving in an easterly direction away from the fire at the last east exit at Aura.
This fire is moving quickly and is currently uncontrolled. Spot fires are likely to start up to four kilometres ahead of the fire front and embers are also being thrown from the fire.
The fire is expected to impact on the Aura community and some property may be lost. Power, water and mobile phone supplies may be lost in the area over the next several hours.
It will be very hot and windy and as the fire approaches it will become increasingly difficult to breathe.
Residents are strongly advised to leave now if they are able to do so. Leaving is the safest option for survival.
Well prepared and defended homes can offer safety during the fire and may be defendable.
Currently, ten fire crews are working to contain the blaze but firefighters will not be able to protect every affected property and residents should not expect a firefighter at their door.
Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat.
Residents should consider taking precautionary measures including:
-Putting on protective clothing;
-Drinking lots of water;
-Moving car/s to a safe location;
-Closing windows and doors and shutting blinds;
-Bringing pets inside, restraining them (leash, cage or secure room) and providing water;
-Wetting down fine fuels close to buildings;
-Removing garden furniture, doormats and other items;
-Sealing all gaps under doors and screens;
-Filling containers with water - eg bath, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins;
-Having ladders ready for roof space access (inside) and against roof (outside);
-Having a generator or petrol powered pump ready; and
-Checking and patrolling outside for embers, extinguishing any spot fires and seeking shelter as the fire front arrives.
Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if they believe their property comes under threat.
Regular updated information will be provided on the Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFS) website at https://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au or listen to local radio.
For information on current bushfire incidents visit https://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map.
Background: there are three levels of bushfire warning –
Advice: Monitor conditions and review your bushfire survival plan.
Watch and Act: Conditions are changing. Start taking action and follow your bushfire survival plan.
Emergency Warning: You are in danger. Act on your bushfire survival plan now.