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Bushfire Alight Near Lockhart River

UPDATE 17/9/19 | Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is aware of a bushfire burning in inaccessible land adjacent to Portland Road and Gordon Creek, in the Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) continues to monitor this fire, which may burn for several weeks.

There is no threat to property at this time. Smoke may affect the area, so visitors and residents are asked to close windows and doors and if suffering from a respiratory condition, keep their medication close by.

Motorists should drive with caution and to conditions. If residents are concerned their property is under threat they are advised to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

UPDATE 13/9/19 | Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) will continue to monitor a bushfire burning in inaccessible land adjacent to Portland Road and Gordon Creek, in the Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) crews are on scene and waterbombing aircraft will be in the area.

There is no threat to property at this time.

Smoke is affecting the area, so visitors and residents should close windows and doors and keep respiratory medications close by if required. Motorists should drive with caution and to conditions.

If you feel your property is under threat, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

UPDATE 12/9/19 | The previous bushfire warning has changed.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) crews will continue to monitor a bushfire burning in inaccessible land near Lockhart River Road and Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) crews are on scene and waterbombing aircraft will be in the area.

There is no threat to property at this time.

Smoke is affecting the area, so residents should close windows and doors and keep respiratory medications close by if required.

Motorists should drive with caution and to conditions. If you feel your property is under threat, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

STAY INFORMED UPDATED 10:25AM 11/9/19 | Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there is a bushfire near Lockhart River.

You need to keep up to date and decide what actions you will take if the situation changes.

Currently as at 10.25am, Wednesday 11 September, a bushfire is burning in inaccessible land near Lockhart River Road and Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park. The fire is travelling towards Lockhart River Road.

QFES and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) crews will monitor the fire today. Waterbombing aircraft will be in the area.

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 Triple Zero (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.

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

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 when the situation changes.

Earlier...
Lockhart River – bushfire as at 12.55pm Tues 10 Sept

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is aware of a bushfire burning in inaccessible land near Lockhart River Road and Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park. Smoke may affect the surrounding areas. Residents are asked to close windows and doors and if suffering from a respiratory condition, keep their medication close by. Motorists should drive with caution and to conditions. If residents are concerned their property is under threat they are advised to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.