UPDATE 4:45 PM : FIRE crews will remain on scene overnight to strengthen containment lines at a blaze burning near the Bruce Highway at The Caves.

The grass fire near Yaamba Road (Bruce Highway) and Rossmoya Road broke out around midday and is now contained and no threat to homes. 

A large smoke haze continues to affect the surrounding area.

Residents should 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 should call Triple Zero (000) immediately. 

Urban and rural fire crews battle a grass fire beside the Bruce Highway 3km north of The Caves. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Urban and rural fire crews battle a grass fire beside the Bruce Highway 3km north of The Caves. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

BREAKING: QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services and Queensland Rural Fire brigades are battling up to six blazes across the region today. 

Information from the Rural Fire Service indicates there are vegetation fires burning at Yaamba Rd and Rossmoya Rd at The Caves, Fishing Creek Rd at Woodbury, Pine Mountain Drive at Bondoola, Caporn Rd and Yeppoon Rd at Limestone Creek, Moores Creek Rd at Park Avenue and Jellicoe Street at Port Curtis. 

All of the fires have started in the past two hours. 

Residents in affected areas 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.


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