LEAVE IMMEDIATELY: Wallangarra/Eukey bushfire as at 2.25pm Sat 16 Feb
Bushfire warning level: EMERGENCY WARNING
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there is a
bushfire approaching Eukey. 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 2.25pm Saturday, 16 February a large and
unpredictable fire is travelling in a north-westerly direction towards Eukey.
The fire has crossed Pyramids Road and is expected to impact properties to the
south of Eukey Road in the coming hours. The fire is expected to have a
significant impact on the community.
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.
People should leave the area via Eukey road in a westerly
direction towards Stanthorpe. An evacuation centre has been opened at the
Stanthorpe Fitness Centre, 25 Talc Road, Stanthorpe.
Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you are under
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 (@QldFireandRescueService) and
• 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
• 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 4.25pm or if the situation