Source: QLD Rural Fire Service

LEAVE NOW: Peregian Springs, Lake Weyba and Weyba Downs bushfire as at 3.30pm Wed 18 Dec

Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there is a bushfire in Peregian Springs and Weyba Downs and conditions are getting worse.

Follow your bushfire survival plan now. If you do not have a plan, your safest option is to leave now if it is clear to do so. If you are not in the area, do not return, as conditions are too dangerous.

Currently as at 3.30pm Wednesday 18 December, a bushfire is burning in the vicinity of Peregian Springs Drive, Sunshine Motorway (also known as Emu Mountain Road) and Doonan Bridge Road East. The fire is travelling in a north-westerly direction. The fire may impact Lakewood Drive, Monak Road, Grays Road, Nyell Road and Doonan Bridge Road North.

Residents in Lakewood Drive and Monak Road leaving the area should travel along Murdering Creek Road onto the Sunshine Motorway (also known as Emu Mountain Road) and travel in a south-westerly direction towards Coolum.

Residents in Grays Road, Nyell Road and Doonan Bridge Road North leaving the area should travel along Sunshine Motorway (also known as Emu Mountain Road) in a northerly direction towards Noosaville.

Fire crews and waterbombing aircraft are working to contain the fire but firefighters may not be able to protect every property. You should not expect a firefighter at your door. Queensland Police Service are door knocking in the area. Power, water, and mobile phone service may be lost.

People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality. Motorists should drive with caution and to conditions.

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you are under threat.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:
- Listen to your local radio station or visit the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website for regular updates.
- Put on protective clothing (e.g., a long-sleeved cotton shirt, boots with thick soles).
- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

If you are leaving:
- Secure your pets for safe transport.
- Check for road closures and then advise family and friends of your intended travel route.
- Take your important documents and essential items (e.g., passports, birth certificates, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing) when you leave.
- Drive with caution in low visibility conditions.

If you are unable to leave:
- Bring pets inside; restrain them with a leash, a cage, or inside a secure room; and provide them with plenty of water.
- 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.
- If you suffer from a respiratory condition, keep your medication close by.

KEEP UP TO DATE BY:
- Following QFES on Facebook (@QldFireandEmergencyServices) and Twitter (@QldFES)
- Staying tuned to your local radio station. Find your local ABC radio station at https://radio.abc.net.au/help/offline and your local commercial radio station at http://www.commercialradio.com.au/find-a-station/queensland;
- Visiting the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map

FURTHER INFORMATION:
- For bushfire preparation tips, visit the RFS website: www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/BushFire_Safety
- For information about road closures, call 13 19 40 or visit www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au

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