FIRE WARNING: Crews tackle Bidwill blaze
MARYBOROUGH residents have been advised to 'stay informed' as emergency crews fight a bushfire in Bidwill.
About 14 fire crews are at the scene of the blaze which broke out just before 2pm today.
A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said at 2.30pm the fire was burning in the vicinity of Bidwill Rd and Diagonal Rd, travelling in a north-easterly direction.
The community is warned to keep up-to-date and decide what actions to take if the situation changes.
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.
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 (eg 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.