Fire crews battle a large grass blaze at Bundamba
Fire crews battle a large grass blaze at Bundamba Rob Williams

PREPARE TO LEAVE: Large blaze burns at Bundamba

PREPARE TO LEAVE: Bundamba bushfire as at 5.30pm Sat 7 Dec 

A fire continuing to burn in the vicinity of the Warrego Highway in Bundamba is under control but Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises conditions could get worse.

Crews remain on scene in Bundamba monitoring the area and dampening down hotspots.

Residents who have not already left this area should be prepared to leave. Those who have already evacuated cannot return until advised it is safe to do so.

A Public Safety Preservation Act (PSPA) declaration remains in place.

Firefighters may not be able to protect every property. You should not expect a firefighter at your door.

LEAVE IMMEDIATELY: Bundamba bushfire as at 2.10pm Sat 7 Dec

Police have declared an emergency situation as crews work to contain a dangerous bushfire at Bundamba this afternoon.

The emergency declaration is bound by Keith Street to Bognuda Street and Nelson Street to the Bremer River and Warrego Highway.

Residents within the exclusion zone are being evacuated and are urged to follow the advice of emergency services on the ground.

The declaration was made at 2pm under the provisions of the Public Safety Preservation Act.

Members of the public are advised to avoid the area while emergency crews respond.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services issued an Emergency Warning at 2.10pm urging residents to leave immediately.

Ipswich City Council has opened a refuge centre at Ipswich Showgrounds for people have had to evacuate their homes. 

 

Police have established an exclusion zone.
Police have established an exclusion zone. Contributed

Bushfire warning level: EMERGENCY WARNING

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there is a bushfire in Bundamba. Leaving immediately is the safest option, as it will soon be too dangerous to drive.

Follow your bushfire survival plan now. If you do not have a plan, your safest option is to leave immediately if it is clear to do so. If you cannot leave, identify where you will seek shelter from the bushfire. If you are not in the area, do not return, as conditions are too dangerous.

Currently as at 2.10pm Saturday 7 December, an unpredictable fire is travelling in a northerly direction from White Street towards the Warrego Highway in Bundamba.

Bundamba fires on Saturday.
Residents flee Bundamba on Saturday afternoon. Rob Williams

People in the area of Bundamba and North Booval, bordered by Bognuda Street to the east, Mary Street to the south, North Station Road to the west and Warrego Highway to the north should leave immediately. This also includes residents on South Queensborough Parade and the Blue Gum Reserve Area in Karalee.

The fire could have a significant impact on the community. A shipping container in the area, containing fireworks, has already exploded.

Residents have been advised to leave immediately
Residents have been advised to leave immediately Contributed

 

Conditions are now very dangerous and firefighters may soon be unable to prevent the fire advancing. The fire may pose a threat to all lives directly in its path. Fire crews may not be able to protect your property. You should not expect a firefighter at your door: act now.
Power, water, and mobile phone service may be lost and road conditions may become very dangerous over the next several hours.

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

Residents south of the river should head towards Ipswich and residents north of the river should head further north to the northern side of the Warrego Highway.

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you are under threat.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:
• Listen to your local radio station or visit the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website for regular updates.
• Put on protective clothing (e.g., a long-sleeved cotton shirt, boots with thick soles).
• Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
• If you suffer from a respiratory condition, keep your medication close by.

If you are leaving:
• Secure your pets for safe transport.
• Check for road closures and then advise family and friends of your intended travel route.
• Take your important documents and essential items (e.g., passports, birth certificates, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing) when you leave.
• Drive with caution in low visibility conditions.

If you are unable to leave:
• Bring pets inside; restrain them with a leash, a cage, or inside a secure room; and provide them with plenty of water.
• 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.
• Identify a safe spot to shelter in, which would be a place with more than one exit, preferably inside a brick building, away from windows and doors. The safest spot is the place that will keep you furthest away from the intense heat from the fire. As the fire approaches and passes, the safest spot will change, so be ready to move.

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 4.10pm or if the situation changes.

 

Water choppers refill in local dam: Water choppers fighting the Bundamba blaze on Saturday filled up at local dams in the area including this one at Zanow's Farm.
Water choppers refill in local dam: Water choppers fighting the Bundamba blaze on Saturday filled up at local dams in the area including this one at Zanow's Farm.

LEAVE NOW: Bundamba bushfire as at 1.50pm Sat 7 Dec

Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT   Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there is a bushfire in Bundamba and conditions are getting worse.  

Follow your bushfire survival plan now. Your safest option is to leave now. If you are not in the area, do not return, as conditions are too dangerous.  

Currently as at 1.50pm Saturday 7 December, an unpredictable fire is travelling in a northerly direction from White Street towards the Warrego Highway in Bundamba.

People in the area of Bundamba and North Booval, bordered by Bognuda Street to the east, Mary Street to the south, North Station Road to the west and Warrego Highway to the north should leave now. This also includes residents on South Queensborough Parade and the Blue Gum Reserve Area in Karalee.   

The fire could have a significant impact on the community. A shipping container in the area, containing fireworks, has already exploded.  

Fire crews as well as air support are working to contain the fire but firefighters may not be able to protect every property. You should not expect a firefighter at your door.

Power, water, and mobile phone service may be lost.  

Residents south of the river should head towards Ipswich and residents north of the river should head further north to the northern side of the Warrego Highway.  

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

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you are under threat.  

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:

• Listen to your local radio station or visit the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website for regular updates.

• Put on protective clothing (e.g., a long-sleeved cotton shirt, boots with thick soles).

• Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.  

If you are leaving:

• Secure your pets for safe transport.

• Check for road closures and then advise family and friends of your intended travel route.

• Take your important documents and essential items (e.g., passports, birth certificates, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing) when you leave.

• Drive with caution in low visibility conditions.  

If you are unable to leave:

• Bring pets inside; restrain them with a leash, a cage, or inside a secure room; and provide them with plenty of water.

• 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. • If you suffer from a respiratory condition, keep your medication close by.  

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 3.50pm or if the situation changes.