UPDATE: Firefighters gain control of massive Rosedale blaze
2.44PM: FIREFIGHTERS have downgraded the warning issued earlier this afternoon to Rosedale residents from Watch & Act to Advice.
The fire remains large in size but is no longer directly threatening homes at this time.
It is travelling from Lowmead Rd, Dawson Rd and Sunlight Hill Rd in a north, north-westerly direction.
A command post has been established at a property on Lowmead Rd, and more than ten fire crews from surrounding rural fire services and Agnes Water are fighting the blaze.
12.52PM: A BUSHFIRE at Rosedale is threatening homes and residents have been warned firefighters may be unable to protect every property under threat.
The fire-front is about 1km in length and was moving fast from Lowmead Rd and Tableland Rd in a north-westerly direction as of 12.25pm, towards houses about 1km away.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have issued a Watch & Act Warning for the area and say people should be ready to follow their bushfire survival plans.
If residents do not have a plan, or intend to leave, the QFES warning says they should be ready to leave the area because the situation could get worse quickly.
"You should not expect a firefighter at your door", the warning says.
People in the area can expect to be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.
This is a developing story. Updates to follow as details emerge.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:
- Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe your property is under threat
- Listen to your local radio station or visit the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website for regular updates
- If you have a bushfire survival plan, finalise it now so you are 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 you leave the area
- Advise family and friends of your plan
- 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
- Pack important documents and essential items (e.g., passports, birth certificates, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing) in case you need to leave the area
- Put on protective clothing (e.g., a long-sleeved cotton shirt, boots with thick soles)
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
- Bring pets inside; restrain them with a leash, a cage, or inside a secure room; and provide them with plenty of water
- Take action to protect your livestock
- 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