The possibility of evacuating residents on the eastern fringe of Rockhampton has not been ruled out.
The possibility of evacuating residents on the eastern fringe of Rockhampton has not been ruled out. Megan Lewis

Get ready for the worst

RESIDENTS in the areas of Norman Gardens, Lakes Creek, Nerimbera and Frenchville are being warned to prepare for a fire that is expected to cross the Mt Archer ranges this week.

Authorities urge people to prepare fire action plans, fearing strong winds could send the blaze towards residential suburbs.

Firefighters monitoring the blaze, which has moved 4km from Emu Park Road where it first broke out, yesterday said they weren't confident they could contain it when it reached the eastern side of the Mt Archer ranges.

Regional manager for rural operations John Fisher said the possibility of evacuating residents on the eastern fringe of Rockhampton would not be ruled out.

“We're putting in containment lines, but we're not confident they will contain the fire to the eastern side of the range,” Mr Fisher said.

If any fires were to start on the eastern side, firefighters would resort to individual property protection, which meant street-by-street defence against the blazes.

Mr Fisher said individual property owners should prepare themselves by making the decision to leave early and move to a safer place if they couldn't defend their property.

He said they should also take vegetation away from their property, remove overhanging branches and prepare hoses.

“The fire will be very difficult for us to control if it comes down the western side of Mt Archer,” he said.

Authorities are doing property-by-property inspections at the top of Mt Archer and back-burning.

Maximum temperatures this week are forecasted to peak around 36C.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting winds up to 30 kmh today and tomorrow.

A complete fire ban across the region has been extended to midnight next Monday.

Yesterday crews were still monitoring a blaze at Mt Morgan.

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