RAGING FIRE: Fire crews are battling to contain a bushfire at Upper Kandanga. This photo was taken from Sterling Rd looking up Kandanga Creek. Photo: Kathryn O'Hanlon
RAGING FIRE: Fire crews are battling to contain a bushfire at Upper Kandanga. This photo was taken from Sterling Rd looking up Kandanga Creek. Photo: Kathryn O'Hanlon

PREPARE TO LEAVE: Upper Kandanga residents on alert

UPDATE 3.15pm: Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

CURRENTLY a large bushfire is burning in the Amamoor State Forest near Hart Road at Upper Kandanga travelling in a north-easterly direction towards Kelly Road and the southern end of Amamoor Creek Road, Amamoor.

F IRE UPDATE:

1. Heavy smoke blankets the Gympie region as crews kept busy

This photo is looking up at Kandanga Creek. Photo courtesy of Karleen McTaggart.
This photo is looking up at Kandanga Creek. Photo courtesy of Karleen McTaggart.

Fire crews are working to contain the fire but firefighters may not be able to protect every property. You should not expect a firefighter at your door.

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.

The Upper Kandanga fire is getting worse. This photo was taken from Bella Creek Road couresty of Jeanna Maher.
The Upper Kandanga fire is getting worse. This photo was taken from Bella Creek Road couresty of Jeanna Maher.

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.