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Update from the Chair (Mayor Keith Campbell) - Local Disaster Management Group as at 5pm today

An update from the Chair (Mayor Keith Campbell) -Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) as at 5pm today:

  • The large bushfire burning at Wattlecamp started at a McClymont Road property around 12noon today.
  • 60 QFES personnel are on scene with assistance from Queensland Police Services, Council, Queensland Ambulance Service and  SES – around 75 personnel.
  • From ignition, the fire moved in 3 directions with currently around 150ha burnt or still burning, 25 appliances are in attendance with 1 water bombing helicopter.
  • There are 3 properties immediately under threat however many resources are onsite protecting these structures, no properties have been lost and no forced evacuations at this stage.
  • The fire heading in a northerly direction is approximately 1km from the National Park – National Parks staff are on scene in this area.
  • The fire is growing in an easterly direction and poses the biggest threat at this time.
  • Fire crews will patrol the fire throughout the night and are expecting that the fire will remain active for the next couple of days.
  • The weather is expected to remain in a similar pattern over the next couple of days with 15-20 km winds.
  • The LDMG would like to remind the community of the exclusion zone currently in place.
  • Smoke is a significant health hazard, so please take precautions and seek medical advice is you are experiencing any difficulties breathing.

Next update 10am Thursday 31 August 2017.

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