ROLLING COVERAGE: Updates from scene of fire near M'boro
"DON'T set fire to anything."
That's the message the men and women on the frontline of a fire near Maryborough are pleading with residents to follow.
It comes as a fire continue to burn at Owanyilla. 15 crews were at the scene at one point. Seven remain, putting it containment lines.
A total fire ban is in place.
Aldershot Rural Fire Brigade First Officer Craig Smith said "don't use slashers, lawnmowers, grinders, welders...cutting down trees, they send sparks.
"All we are asking the public is to keep an eye on the area and don't set fire to anything."
SEVEN crews from around the region including Tiaro are strengthening containment lines around a fire south of Maryborough.
Aldershot Rural Fire Brigade First Officer Craig Smith said the fire started behind a property 700 metres off the Bruce Hwy and 100metres from Petersens Rd.
"It has burnt to the south - what we have done is stopped it from heading south and now putting in containment lines... blackening out and chopping any trees out that may become a problem tomorrow.
A warning for residents to stay informed of fire updates, in case the direction changes, remains in place.
TWELVE crews are currently battling a bushfire south of Maryborough.
Firefighters have back-burned to the west of the highway.
They are currently back-burning to the north in an effort to contain the fire.
A warning remains in place for residents of Owanyilla to stay informed and be prepared to follow their bushfire survival plans.
A WARNING has been issued for Owanyilla residents to 'stay informed' about a south-travelling bushfire.
About 2.40pm today the fire was travelling from Hoffman Rd towards Petersen Rd.
A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesman said there were 11 fire crews working to contain the blaze which broke out earlier today.
People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.
Properties are not under direct threat at this time.
Call 000 immediately if you believe you or your property is under threat.
You need to keep up to date and decide what actions you will take if the situation changes.
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, refer to it now and be 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 the situation changes.
. 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.
. Consider finding your essential items (e.g., identification documents, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing such as a long-sleeved cotton shirt and trousers, and boots) in case you need to leave.
. Consider what you will do to protect your pets and livestock.
. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
. Advise family and friends of your intended actions if the situation changes.
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.