STAY INFORMED: STANTHORPE/APPLETHORPE bushfire as at 8.30am Wed 11 Sept
Bushfire warning level: ADVICE
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there is a bushfire in the Stanthorpe and Applethorpe areas.
You need to keep up to date and decide what actions you will take if the situation changes.
Currently as at 8.30am Wednesday 11 September, a bushfire is burning within containment lines in the Stanthorpe and Applethorpe area.
Firefighters continue to strengthen and patrol containment lines. Crews will work to extinguish hot spots throughout the day.
Smoke will continue to be generated from this fire.
The safety of residents and firefighters remains a priority. Local residents may now return to their homes. An exclusion zone remains in place for all non-local traffic. This area is bounded by:
• Ellwood Road, Kelly Road and Allen Lane in the north
• The New England Highway in the east, with the exception of Spiller Lane, Roessler Avenue, Ann Street and Sofia Lane
• Amiens Road and McGrath Lane in the south
• Plant Lane in the west
Residents should exercise caution when re-entering a fire affected area as hazards may exist. If you are concerned for the safety of yourself or others contact Triple Zero (000).
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
• 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.
Further information is available via:
• School Closures - education.qld.gov.au
• For assistance with recovery:
- Community Recovery Hotline – 1800 173 349
- Stanthorpe Community Recovery Hub at Stanthorpe Civic Centre (61 Marsh Street). Open from 9am-5pm, 7 days.