DALBY FIRES: Chief says crews are working to save feed

UPDATE 5PM:

PROPERTIES at The Ridge are no longer under threat as fire crews have worked to contain a blaze burning north of Dalby this afternoon.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advised at 4.30pm the bushfire continued to burn near Pirrinuan, but no properties were under direct threat.

Residents are still advised to keep up to date and decide what actions they will take if the situation changes.

People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

QFES advise residents to call Triple Zero (000) immediately if they believe their property is under threat.

UPDATE 3PM:

FIRE conditions in Pirrinuan have improved since early afternoon, with the fires spreading throughout The Ridge now contained.

QFES area commander for south western region Inspector Warren Buckley said three fire rescue crews, along with two rural fire service, a water bomber, and a dozer were used to contain the fires and prevent any damage to surrounding structures.

He said there was no immediate threat to surrounding homes or structures, and fire crews were still working to save as much feed as they could.

The inspector thanked the community for their vigilance in this time, and urged locals to remain alert.

"Thank you to the people for being so vigilant, reporting fires early makes our life and their communities a lot safer," he said.

The QFES advice remains unchanged, that it is a 'watch and act' situation with the fire moving east as of 3pm.

EARLIER:

QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services advises there is a bushfire in The Ridge, in the district of Pirrinuan, and conditions could get worse.

QFES advised residents need to be ready to follow their bushfire survival plan.

"If you do not have a plan, or intend to leave, you should be ready to leave the area because the situation could get worse quickly," the service said.

Currently at 1.15pm today, a fast-moving fire is travelling from Hustons Rd, The Ridge in an easterly direction.

The fire is likely to impact The Ridge.

Fire crews 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.

People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe 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, finalise it now so you are 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 you leave the area.
• Advise family and friends of your plan.
• 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.
• Pack important documents and essential items (e.g., passports, birth certificates, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing) in case you need to leave the area.
• Put on protective clothing (e.g., a long-sleeved cotton shirt, boots with thick soles).
• Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
• Bring pets inside; restrain them with a leash, a cage, or inside a secure room; and provide them with plenty of water.
• Take action to protect your livestock.
• 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.

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

The next update will be provided by 3.15pm or if the situation changes.