HAZEY: Smoke haze from a large bushfire at Lefthand Branch has blanketed parts of the region.
HAZEY: Smoke haze from a large bushfire at Lefthand Branch has blanketed parts of the region. DOMINIC ELSOME

Fire crews continue to battle blaze as smoke blankets Valley

SMOKE is affecting parts of the Lockyer Valley as crews continue to battle a large bushfire near Lefthand Branch.

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The large fire is burning in an easterly direction near Cole Gully Road.

The fire is likely to impact properties along Cole Gully Road.

Smoke haze affecting Gatton, October 8, 2019
Smoke haze affecting Gatton, October 8, 2019 DOMINIC ELSOME

The bushfire alert level remains at PREPARE TO LEAVE.

Fire crews and aerial support will be working in the area today, but Queensland Fire and Emergency warned firefighters may not be able to protect every property.

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.

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