Residents were warned to prepare to evacuate as firefighters fight an out-of-control wildfire that caused traffic chaos on a busy highway.
A large fire in Grantham Valley, in the Lockyer Valley of Queensland, 100 kilometers west of Brisbane, traveled from Philps Road to Warrego Highway and forced it to close in both directions.
The lanes to the west of the road remain closed while the lanes to the east have been reopened.
The fire continues to burn out of control on Thursday night as the equipment continues to burn over a slow fire along the Warrego Highway.
A large grass fire in Grantham in Lockyer Valley, Queensland, crossed a busy road
Some 124 hectares of land have been burned, but no houses have been lost, 7 news informed.
"The fire is burning inside the containment lines and there is no threat to the property at this time," says the latest warning from Queensland Emergency and Fire Services at 9 p.m. M.
& # 39; Smoke can affect the area and affected residents are asked to close windows and doors. Those who suffer from a respiratory condition should keep their medications close. It is recommended that motorists drive with caution and under the right conditions.
Early in the afternoon, Grantham residents were urged to prepare to flee their home as conditions could worsen.
You must be ready to follow your forest fire survival plan. If you do not have a plan, or you intend to leave, you should be ready to leave the area because the situation could get worse quickly, "the warning said.
"The fire crews are still working to contain the fire, but firefighters may not be able to protect all the properties, you should not wait for a fireman at your door.
Grantham residents were urged to prepare to flee their homes on Thursday afternoon
That warning has been degraded to a level of advice.
A water pumping helicopter was brought in to help with the firefighting efforts, amid fears that the properties were under threat.
Fire officials also warned that people in the area will be affected by the smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.
The fire near Granthan (pictured) is still burning out of control Thursday night
Earlier this week, The largest aerial firefighting fleet ever assembled in Queensland was inaugurated with eight Queensland-based water bombing aircraft and helicopters with an 84-day contract.
The aircraft will be based in Toowoomba and Bundaberg so that they can be deployed quickly in trouble spots.
Around 124 hectares of land were burned 100 kilometers west of Brisbane on Thursday
"The positioning of the fleet in these locations will ensure that there is an aerial observation and bombardment service available to communities and personnel throughout the state," said Emergency and Fire Services Minister Craig Crawford.
More than 1,400 wildfires have burned since the Queensland wildfire season began on August 1.
Early in the afternoon, residents were urged to prepare to flee their homes
What should you do?
• Listen to your local radio station or visit the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website to receive periodic updates.
• If you have a survival plan for wildfires, consult it now and be prepared to follow it.
• If you do not have a survival plan for wildfires, or if your plan is to leave, identify where you will go if the situation changes.
• Close windows and doors to minimize exposure to smoke.
• If you have a respiratory condition, keep your medication nearby.
• Drive with caution in low visibility conditions.
• Contact your neighbors to see if they need help preparing for the forest fire.
• Consider finding your essential items (for example, identification documents, prescription drugs, food and water, and protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved cotton shirt and pants, 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.
• Let your family and friends know about your planned actions if the situation changes.
Source: Queensland emergency services and firefighters