Yerra residents are advised to prepare to leave as a fast moving bushfire approaches.
Yerra residents are advised to prepare to leave as a fast moving bushfire approaches. Bev Lacey

UPDATE: 'Stay informed' as Yerra fire in containment lines

UPDATE SATURDAY 1.25PM:

YERRA residents are advised to 'keep up to date' as firefighters continue to battle a bushfire south-west of Maryborough.

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Earlier today, locals were warned to prepare to leave and have their bushfire survival plan ready.

However this warning has since been downgraded to staying 'alert'.

Currently as at 1.20pm Saturday 16 November, a bushfire is burning near Yerra Road and Harris Road, Yerra.

The fire is now contained. 

QFES crews will continue to patrol the area. 

People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

Residents should still stay informed and decide what actions you will take if the situation changes.

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 (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.

UPDATE SATURDAY 10.25AM:

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there is a bushfire in Yerra and conditions could get worse.

You need to be ready to follow your bushfire survival plan. If you do not have a plan, or intend to leave, you should be ready to leave the area because the situation could get worse quickly.

Currently as at 9am Saturday 16 November, a slow-moving fire is burning in the vicinity of Harris Road and Yerra Road, Yerra. 

This fire is burning within containment lines, however conditions could change quickly and residents should be prepared to leave. 

QFES crews are currently working to strengthen containment lines, but firefighters may not be able to protect every property. You should not expect a firefighter at your door.

People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe 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, finalise it now so you are 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 you leave the area.
•           Advise family and friends of your plan.
•           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.
•           Pack important documents and essential items (e.g., passports, birth certificates, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing) in case you need to leave the area.
•           Put on protective clothing (e.g., a long-sleeved cotton shirt, boots with thick soles).
•           Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
•           Bring pets inside; restrain them with a leash, a cage, or inside a secure room; and provide them with plenty of water.
•           Take action to protect your livestock.
•           Move flammable materials such as doormats, wheelie bins, and outdoor furniture away from your house.
•           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.

KEEP UP TO DATE BY:
•           Following QFES on Facebook (@QldFireandEmergencyServices) 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

FURTHER INFORMATION:
•           For bushfire preparation tips, visit the RFS website: www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/BushFire_Safety
•           For information about road closures, call 13 19 40 or visit www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au

The next update will be provided by 11am or if the situation changes.

UPDATE FRIDAY 4.50PM:

THE bush fire in Yerra, south-west of Maryborough, is burning within containment lines as firefighters continue to work to put out the blaze.  

Residents should  keep up to date and decide what actions they will take if the situation changes.  

At 4.35pm the fire was burning near Harris Rd and Yerra Rd, Yerra.   

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.

EARLIER:

YERRA residents are being told by authorities to prepare to leave due to a fast-moving bush fire.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises conditions could get worse for the fire which is south-west of Maryborough.

The blaze is travelling from the intersection of Harris Rd and Yerra Rd, Yerra.

The fire is travelling in a south, south-westerly direction towards Jacobsens Rd and Hucknall Rd.

The fire is expected to have an impact of Jacobsens Rd and Hucknall Rd. 

Multiple fire crews are on scene and working to contain the fire, but firefighters may not be able to protect every property.

Locals should not expect a firefighter to knock at their door.

At 2pm, Yerra residents were issues with an alert to be ready to follow their bush fire survival plan.

Locals are advised if you do not have a plan, or intend to leave, you should be ready to leave the area because the situation could get worse quickly.

 

People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe 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, finalise it now so you are 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 you leave the area.
•        Advise family and friends of your plan.
•        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.
•        Pack important documents and essential items (e.g., passports, birth certificates, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing) in case you need to leave the area.
•        Put on protective clothing (e.g., a long-sleeved cotton shirt, boots with thick soles).
•        Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
•        Bring pets inside; restrain them with a leash, a cage, or inside a secure room; and provide them with plenty of water.
•        Take action to protect your livestock.
•        Move flammable materials such as doormats, wheelie bins, and outdoor furniture away from your house.
•        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.
The next update will be provided by 4pm or if the situation changes.



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