UPDATE: Fireys downgrade alert for Imbil fire
UPDATE 1.50PM: EMERGENCY service have managed to contain the bushfire at Imbil, and have downgrade their alert level to advice.
It is still a bushfire is burning in the vicinity of Ballard Road, Kandanga Imbil Road and Melinda Road, Imbil.
This fire has been contained and crews remain working in the area extinguishing hot spots. Aircraft are still working in the area.
A GRASSFIRE at Imbil could get worse and the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service is warning residents in the following parts of Imbil to prepare to leave.
"You need to be ready to follow your 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,” QFES warns.
The fire is currently burning in the vicinity of Ballard Road, Kandanga Imbil Road and Melinda Road, Imbil. The fire is travelling in a north-westerly direction and is likely to impact Melinda Road.
"Multiple crews and aircraft are on scene 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.
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.