Firefighers take control of bushfire burning at Pink Lily
4.30PM: FIREFIGHTERS have the upper hand against the Pink Lily fire they have been battling this afternoon.
At 3:40 PM, QFES advised that the previous bushfire warning had deescalated.
There are four crews currently at the scene of the grass fire burning near Ridgelands Road and Martin Road, Pink Lily.
The fire broke out earlier today and is posing no threat to property at this time.
The fire is contained, and crews will continue to monitor the area.
Nearby residents may be affected by smoke haze.
Residents are asked to close windows and doors and if suffering from a respiratory condition, keep medications close by. Motorists should drive with caution and to conditions.
If residents are concerned their property is under threat, they are advised to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) has extended a local fire ban through to 11.59pm Friday, October 25 for residents in the Central Highlands, Woorabinda, Banana, Gladstone, Livingstone and Rockhampton Local Government Areas.
The fire ban has been in place since Monday, 16 September, however due to heightened bushfire conditions the ban has been extended.
Under a local fire ban all open fires are prohibited and all Permits to Light Fire which have been issued in the designated areas have been cancelled.
Power tools may be used during a local fire ban however QFES encourages people to use these with extreme care and ensure adequate equipment is available to extinguish any fire which may start.
This may include having a person available to watch out for any ignitions that occur.
Information on fire bans and the exemptions that can apply can be found on the RFS website, www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.
3.10PM: THE bushfire threat has escalated at Pink Lily with QFES urging locals to stay informed.
The latest warning issued at 2.50pm is at the 'advice' level for the bushfire burning in the vicinity of Ridgelands Road and Martin Road, Pink Lily.
There are currently seven units fighting the fire with another on the way.
Firefighting aircraft may be operating in the area.
QFES advised people in the area to keep up to date and decide what actions to take if the situation changes.
They warned about the threat of smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.
Properties are not under direct threat at this time.
Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you or 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, refer to it now and be 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 the situation changes.
• 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.
• Consider finding your essential items (e.g., identification documents, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing such as a long-sleeved cotton shirt and trousers, 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.
• Advise family and friends of your intended actions if the situation changes.
EARLIER: ANOTHER fire has broken out on Ridgelands Rd at Pink Lily this afternoon, just past the Nine Mile Rd turn-off.
The fire is believed to be on the southern side of the highway, about 5km closer to town than more recent fires.
Fire and Emergency crews are currently attending the scene of the fire, after receiving a call at 1:55pm.
The blaze has been reported as a vegetation fire.
Crews have requested assistance to divert traffic from the area as one lane is expected to be blocked as they fight the blaze.
More to follow.