Source: QLD Rural Fire Service

Watch and Act: PLANT LANE & AMIENS RD, Applethorpe
PREPARE TO LEAVE: Stanthorpe (including The Summit) bushfire as at 5.50pm Sat 7 Sept
Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there is a bushfire in the Stanthorpe area and conditions could get worse.

Residents living south of Arico Lane and Matthews Lane (west of the New England Highway) cannot return as the fire is still active in the area between Arico Lane and Matthews Lane in the north, and Plant Lane in the south. It remains unsafe. There is a separate warning known as "Applethorpe" for people in this location.

Thulimbah, Cottonvale and Dalveen residents can return to their homes, as well as residents to the east of the New England Highway.

The New England Highway is currently open but may be closed at short notice.
You need to be ready to follow your 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.

Firefighters, assisted by heavy machinery, are working to contain the fire but may not be able to protect every property. You should not expect a firefighter at your door.

Fire crews will remain on scene throughout the night and will patrol containment lines and conduct backburning operations.

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

An evacuation centre remains open for Stanthorpe residents at the Stanthorpe Fitness Centre on Talc Street, Stanthorpe.

People leaving Applethorpe are to evacuate in a northerly direction to the YMCA Leslie Dam
Active Recreation Centre at 578 Leslie Dam Road.

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe your property is under threat.

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Response Date: 6/9/2019, 2:35 PM
Vehicles on Scene: 3
Vehicles on Route: 1
Last Update: 7/9/2019, 6:14 PM

Fire crews will remain on scene throughout the night and will patrol containment lines and conduct backburning operations.
People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

An evacuation centre remains open for Stanthorpe residents at the Stanthorpe Fitness Centre on Talc Street, Stanthorpe.
People leaving Applethorpe are to evacuate in a northerly direction to the YMCA Leslie Dam Active Recreation Centre at 578 Leslie Dam Road.

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 (@QldFireandRescueService) 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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