Up to 200 homes under threat

Up to 200 homes are at risk as Rockhampton again comes under threat from out of control bushfires.

The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) is advising residents that back onto bushland in the suburb of Norman Gardens and Guthrie Street (suburb of Frenchville) to enact their bushfire plans and prepare for a fire that may impact their community over the next six to 12 hours.

At 1pm a large bushfire continued to burn in the Mt Archer National Park to the east of Norman Gardens. The fire is travelling in a westerly direction and may impact the houses that back on to unburnt bushland on Guthrie Street, as well as houses between Sunset Drive and Nagle Drive (at Norman Gardens) within the next six to 12 hours.

Residents are advised to be prepared to relocate to a safer area if required.

Well prepared and defended homes can offer safety during the fire and may be defendable.

Currently, 75 firefighters are working to contain the blaze but firefighters may not be able to protect every affected property and residents should not expect a firefighter at their door.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat.

Residents should consider taking precautionary measures including:
• Put on protective clothing
• Drink lots of water
• Move car/s to a safe location
• Close windows and doors and shut blinds
• Bring pets inside and restrain them (leash, cage or secure room) and provide water
• Wet down fine fuels close to buildings
• Remove garden furniture, doormats and other items
• Seal all gaps under doors and screens
• Fill containers with water – bath, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins, etc
• Have ladders ready for roof space access (inside) and against roof (outside)
• Have generator or petrol pump ready
• Check and patrol outside for embers and extinguish any spot fires and seek shelter as the fire front arrives.

Regular updated information will be provided on the QFRS Rural Operations website at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au or at www.fire.qld.gov.au or by listening to their local radio station. 

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