Houses are under threat from a large fire on Russell Island. Photo: 7 News QueenslandA large bushfire continued to burn on Russell Island on Thursday night, with multiple fire crews and water bombing helicopters working to control the blaze.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services had downgraded its fire warning to a watch and act, advising residents of Russell Island to finalise their bushfire plans.
Redland City Council spokesman Michael Holback told ABC 612 Brisbane late in the afternoon no homes had been lost at that stage.
Emergency services are warning property may be lost as fire crews battle an out-of-control bushfire on Russell Island.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have issued an emergency warning for Russell Island, with homes under threat.
”This fire is moving quickly and is currently uncontrolled. Spot fires are likely to start ahead of the fire front and embers are also being thrown from the fire,” QFES said in a statement.
“The fire is expected to impact on the Russell Island community and some property may be lost. Power, water and mobile phone supplies may be lost in the area over the next several hours.” Police have declared an emergency situation under the Public Safety Preservation Act in Russell Island https://t.co/Tg7uwKbv94pic.twitter苏州美甲培训/HT3Wipl6bu— QPS Media Unit (@QPSmedia) December 15, 2016
QFES strongly advises island residents to relocate to a safe area on the northern part of the island if the path is clear.
“Leaving is the safest option for survival,” QFES said.
“”It will be very hot and windy and as the fire approaches it will become increasingly difficult to breathe.”
An evacuation centre has been set up on Cavendish Road, and residents were advised to call triple-zero if their home was under threat.
Police have declared an emergency situation on Russell Island as fire crews work to contain a large bushfire which is threatening homes.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has also issued a watch and act warning.
Six fire crews are fighting the fire along with a water bombing helicopter, and a QFES spokesman said another five crews are on their way.
“Five fire crews and a water bombing helicopter 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,” QFES said in a statement.
The blaze was reported about 2.15pm and was travelling in a south-westerly direction. Bushfire threatening homes on Russell Island. Watch and act advice: https://t.co/YgvIUOQWPR#7Newspic.twitter苏州美甲培训/ja6PPyh9An— 7 News Queensland (@7NewsQueensland) December 15, 2016
The QFES was advising people if their bushfire plan was to relocate, or if they did not have a bushfire plan, they should relocate immediately.
“Leaving well ahead of a fire is the safest option for survival,” QFES said.
“Well prepared and defended homes can offer safety during the fire and may be defendable.”
People planning to relocate can make their way to the Russell Island Community Centre if they cannot go to family or friends.
For people planning to stay, the QFES said they should patrol outside for embers, put out any spot fires and seek shelter when the fire front arrives. If they believe their home is under threat, they should call triple-zero.
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