UPDATE 7PM: THE watch and act message for the large bush fire burning at Mount Chalmers has been cancelled.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is advising as at 5pm, a large bushfire is burning near Sleipners Road and Tuckers Road, Mount Chalmers.

Currently, 20 fire crews are working to contain the blaze, which broke out last night.

Crews are currently conducting back-burning operations to strengthen containment lines and will remain on scene into the evening to patrol the area.

UPDATE 5PM: RESIDENTS are advised if their plan is to relocate or they do not have a plan then they are advised to relocate now.

 

Leaving well ahead of a fire is the safest option for survival.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is advising residents in the vicinity of Mount Chalmers (north-east of Rockhampton) to finalise their bushfire plans.

At 3:00pm a large bushfire was located at Sleipners Road, Mount Chalmers.

The large, fast moving, fire is travelling in an easterly direction and is currently impacting property in the vicinity of Tuckers Road and Sleipners Road, Mount Chalmers.

Well prepared and defended homes can offer safety during the fire and may be defendable.

Currently, 21 fire crews are working with water bombing aircraft 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.

Mount Chalmers bushfire
Mount Chalmers bushfire

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.

 

UPDATE 1.25PM: Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is advising residents in the vicinity of Mount Chalmers (north-east of Rockhampton) to finalise their bushfire plans.

At 1:20pm a large bushfire was located at Sleipners Road, Mount Chalmers. The large, fast moving, fire is travelling in an easterly direction and is expected to impact homes in the vicinity of Tuckers Road and Sleipners Road, Mount Chalmers within the next two hours.

Residents are advised that if their plan is to relocate or they do not have a plan then they are advised to relocate now. Leaving well ahead of a fire is the safest option for survival.

Well prepared and defended homes can offer safety during the fire and may be defendable.

Currently, 21 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 (RFSQ) website at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au or listen to local radio.

For information on current bushfire incidents visit http://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map.html.

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.

Earlier...

ADVICE message for Mount Chalmers (north-east of Rockhampton) as at 1pm, Mon 26 Oct

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is advising:

As at 1pm, a large grass fire is burning near Sleipner Road and Bells Road, Mount Chalmers (north-east of Rockhampton). Currently, 21 fire crews are working to contain the blaze, which broke out around 7.15pm yesterday.

Aerial reconnaissance and water bombing operations are currently underway. Ground crews are conducting backburning operations at the scene.

 

UPDATE 9AM: FIRE crews are planning to defend three properties in line of the large grass fire at Mt Chalmers.

Authorities confirmed there were no homes or properties currently under threat but that fire crews would need to keep an eye on three properties close by. 

A spotter plane will also be called in to assist the 12 crews. 

 

 

FOUR Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) crews are at the scene of a grass fire burning in the vicinity of Sleipner Road, Mount Chalmers (north-east of Rockhampton).

The fire which broke out around 7.15pm last night is not posing any threat to properties at this time. Crews are currently monitoring the fire and will remain on scene throughout today.

A large volume of smoke will be visible in the area.

Residents are advised to shut windows and doors.

Those who suffer from respiratory illnesses should keep medications close by.

Motorists are advised to drive to conditions and be mindful of emergency services working in the area.

  If residents feel their property is under threat, they should call Triple Zero (000) immediately. 



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