Bushfire at Mount Cotton

BUSHFIRE: A firefighter sprays water on a blaze on Macleay Island last year. Photo: Jeanette March

BUSHFIRE: A firefighter sprays water on a blaze on Macleay Island last year. Photo: Jeanette March

UPDATE 4.20pm

THREE fire crews remained on scene at a fire in the vicinity of West Mount Cotton Road at 4.20pm on Monday.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesperson said they were conducting mopping-up operations.

The fire continued to burn within containment lines.

UPDATE 2.20pm

A FIXED wing aircraft is being used to map the fire lines of a bushfire at Mount Cotton.

About 40 firefighters are at the scene of the fire which was reported about 10.20am on Monday.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesperson said smoke was the biggest issue for residents in the area.

There was no direct threat to property.

The fire was burning in the vicinity of West Mount Cotton Road, near Holzapfel Road and was travelling in a south westerly direction about 2pm.

The spokesperson said people in the area would be affected by smoke, which would reduce visibility and air quality.

EARLIER

FIVE firefighting crews are at the scene of a bushfire at Mount Cotton.

A spokesperson for Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said the fire was under control and burning within containment lines about 11.45am on Monday.

“There is not direct threat to property at this time,” the spokesperson said.

The fire was reported to QFES about 10.20am.

The fire is in the vicinity of West Mount Cotton Road, near the intersection with Holzapfel Road.

It was burning across an area about 200 metres by 200 metres about 11.15am.

The spokesperson said the fire was travelling in a south-easterly direction.

“​People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality,” the spokesperson said.

What to do

QFES advised residents to:

  • Listen to the local radio station or visit the Rural Fire Service website for regular updates.
  • If you have a bushfire survival plan, refer to it now and be 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 the situation changes.
  • 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.
  • Consider finding your essential items (for example, identification documents, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing such as a long-sleeved cotton shirt and trousers, and boots) in case you need to leave.
  • Consider what you will do to protect your pets and livestock.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Advise family and friends of your intended actions if the situation changes.

For bushfire preparation tips, visit the RFS website.

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