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Bushfire Update - September 19th

Thursday September 19th, 2019 @ 8am.

The bushfires on the Island are now under control.  

Regular updates will be posted from the Redland City Council.

All campsites are open and operational at this time.

Wednesday September 18th, 2019 @ 3pm.

  • The fire is burning in swampland approx. 2km south of Amity and moving in an easterly direction towards Welsby swamp.
  • These fires are approx. 2000ha in size.
  • The current operational planning is to contain the fire to the west of Beehive Road and East Coast Road which form the containment line.
  • Fire is not threatening life or property at this time.
  • Crews are maintaining and monitoring containment lines in the northern and southern sectors of the fire.
  • QFES fire crews being supported on the ground with additional fire crews from QYAC, QPWS & Council.
  • 2 x water bombing aircraft have been deployed to the island (1 x fixed wing & 1 x rotary) using a mix of water and foam for fire suppression and 1 x air observer to map the fire.
  • Use of salt water and foam has been approved through SEQWater & QYAC.
  • New track being cut on the western side of Beehive Rd to form another break.
  • Loaders & mulchers are being used to widen the track (provided by Sibelco & QYAC).
  • SES are visible along East Coast Road for smoke hazard awareness.
  • Police and QAS have increased their presence on the island.
  • Incident Control Centre is established at Dunwich Fire Station.
  • A portable weather system has been arranged by QFES to provide improved weather intelligence.
  • The Cell On Wheels (COW) has been placed near the old glass mine.
  • Eight persons evacuated overnight have been collected by family, however the evacuation centre will remain open as a precaution if required later in the day.

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