Smelling smoke? Don’t panic – the blaze on North Stradbroke Island is burning safely within containment lines.
Closures on North Stradbroke Island – Blue Lake National Park and Fishermans Track have been closed as a precaution and Martin Way (formerly Tazi Road) may need to be closed if smoke becomes a hazard – if this happens, Main Beach campers can still exit the shore via George Nothling Drive, to the north of the Keyholes.
A smoke plume from the fire is expected to become more visible this afternoon due to a strengthening north-easterly wind – residents and visitors are advised to close windows and doors and, if suffering from a respiratory condition, keep medication close by. Motorists are advised to drive carefully and be aware of conditions.
Multiple QFES crews remain on site and will continue to do so through the night as the fire is expected to burn for some time. Those on North Stradbroke Island are asked to stay up-to-date with emergency information by following QFES and Redland City Council on Facebook and Twitter.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams has reminded residents of the importance of preparing a bushfire survival kit and being ready for any eventuality.
“While there is no current threat to life or property being prepared is important,” she says. “Get to know your neighbours and familiarise yourself with possible evacuation routes in case an evacuation is necessary.
“You should also have a fire strategy in the event a fire does threaten your property.”
To report emergencies and requests for assistance call State Emergency Services on 132 500, Energex on 13 19 62 (to report fallen powerlines or network damage) or for life-threatening emergencies phone 000.