PREPARE TO LEAVE: Lefthand Branch fire threatens properties
FIREFIGHTERS are battling a bushfire burning in the Lockyer Valley, and warn conditions could deteriorate.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises there is a bushfire near Lefthand Branch (formerly Glen Rock State Forest) and conditions could get worse.
The large fire is burning in an easterly direction near Cole Gully Road, Lefthand Branch.
The fire is likely to impact properties along Cole Gully Road.
Fire crews are working to contain the fire with help from aerial support but firefighters may not be able to protect every property.
You should not expect a firefighter at your door.
Residents need to be ready to follow their bushfire survival plan.
If you do not have a plan, or intend to leave, you should be ready to leave the area because the situation could get worse quickly.
People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.
Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe your property is under threat.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:
. Listen to your local radio station or visit the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website for regular updates.
. If you have a bushfire survival plan, finalise it now so you are 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 you leave the area.
. Advise family and friends of your plan.
. 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.
. Pack important documents and essential items (e.g., passports, birth certificates, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing) in case you need to leave the area.
. Put on protective clothing (e.g., a long-sleeved cotton shirt, boots with thick soles).
. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
. Bring pets inside; restrain them with a leash, a cage, or inside a secure room; and provide them with plenty of water.
. Take action to protect your livestock.
. Move flammable materials such as doormats, wheelie bins, and outdoor furniture away from your house.
. Fill containers such as your bath, sinks, and buckets with water so you have access to drinking water and firefighting water.
. Close windows and doors, sealing the gaps under doors and screens with wet towels to keep smoke out of the house.