UPDATE: Mount Chalmers fire under control
3.30pm: Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) crews have contained a large bushfire burning in the vicinity of Sleipners Road and Tucker Road, Mount Chalmers (north-east of Rockhampton).
The blaze is posing no threat to property at this time.
There is a smoke haze in the area.
Residents are asked to close windows and doors and if suffering from a respiratory condition, keep medications close by.
Motorists should drive with caution and to conditions. If residents are concerned their property is under threat they are advised to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
1.05pm: EMERGENCY services are reminding people there is a Watch and Act alert issued for the vicinity of Mount Chalmers due to a large bushfire.
The latest advice from the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service includes 24 fire crews on scene working alongside water bombing aircraft to contain the blaze but firefighters will not be able to protect every affected property and residents should not expect a firefighter at their door.
It is still moving fast in a south-westerly direction.
11.30am: QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services is advising residents in the vicinity of Mount Chalmers (north-east of Rockhampton) to enact their bushfire plan.
At 11:15am a large bushfire was located at Sleipners Road and Tucker Road, Mount Chalmers.
The large, fast moving, grass fire is travelling in a south-westerly direction and is expected to impact the areas of Sleipners Road and Tucker Road within the hour.
This fire is moving quickly and firefighters are experiencing difficulty in controlling it. Spot fires may occur ahead of the fire front and embers are also being thrown from the fire.
The fire is expected to impact on the Mount Chalmers community and there is a chance that some property may be lost. Power, water and mobile phone supplies may be lost in the area over the next several hours.
It will be very hot and windy and as the fire approaches it may become increasingly difficult to see, hear or breathe.
Residents are strongly advised to leave now if their plan is to do so or if they don't have a plan.
Leaving is the safest option for survival.
Well prepared and defended homes can offer safety during the fire and may be defendable.
Currently nine fire crews are working alongside water bombing aircraft to contain the blaze but firefighters will 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:
• Putting on protective clothing;
• Drinking lots of water;
• Moving car/s to a safe location;
• Closing windows and doors and shutting blinds;
• Bringing pets inside, restraining them (leash, cage or secure room) and providing water;
• Wetting down fine fuels close to buildings;
• Removing garden furniture, doormats and other items;
• Sealing all gaps under doors and screens;
• Filling containers with water - eg bath, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins;
• Having ladders ready for roof space access (inside) and against roof (outside);
• Having a generator or petrol powered pump ready; and
• Checking and patrolling outside for embers, extinguishing any spot fires and seeking shelter as the fire front arrives.
Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if they believe their property comes under threat.
Regular updated information will be provided on the Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) website at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au or listen to local radio.
For information on current bushfire incidents visit http://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map.html.