The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service is being urged to use a new type of aircraft to fight fires on its island of Uav, as it continues to deal with the effects of a severe wildfire.
Key points:A large area of bushland in the area has been declared a ‘fire emergency’ by the state’s Environment Protection AuthorityThe blaze started in a remote bushland community in the central Queensland town of Burtons BayThe state has issued an evacuation notice for people living in the region and has said it will continue to assist those in needThe State Government said it was working with Queensland Fire Services to use drones in the firefighting operation to reduce the impact of the bushfires.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said it had been working with Environment Protection authorities in Burtts Bay, and was asking people to limit their movement around the bushland.
The agency said it would ask anyone living in remote areas to limit movement to avoid any potential risk of exposure to the fires.
It said the operation was continuing with the use of a Cessna Citation 530 aircraft, which is equipped with infrared sensors and can be used to locate, track and assess wildfires.
The company also said it expected to be able to deploy additional drones in an effort to increase its effectiveness.
Keypoints:Fire Island in Burets Bay has been designated a “fire emergency” by Environment Protection AuthoritiesThe area is also being designated a fire emergency area by the State Government, as well as a fire zone by the Australian Red Cross.
“Due to the current fire conditions, the area of the fire island will be designated as a wildfire emergency,” the agency said in a statement.
“The area will be closed to the public and will remain closed until further notice.”
Queenslanders will be advised in the coming days and weeks of any additional flights conducted by the fire service to ensure that they are safe and secure.
“A full assessment of the situation is underway and additional information will be shared as necessary.”
The fire was started by a wildfire that burned through remote bushlands in the small community of Bureds Bay, near the town of St Vincent.
The area was declared a fire area on December 9, and firefighters were ordered to leave the area by December 18.
Queenland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the blaze was a “disaster”, but the region was doing everything possible to assist the affected residents.
“Our residents are a very resilient bunch, they have always been resilient,” she said.
“We have a lot of support, we are working with the fire services and the Queensland Government to make sure that everyone is safe and safe again.”
The State Emergency Service said there was a significant risk of flash flooding in the areas affected by the bushfire, and urged people to stay at home and avoid outdoor activities.
“Any bushfire activity or evacuation activity is an absolutely vital part of our response and we are committed to providing the best support possible,” the fire and emergency services statement said.
The State Fire Service has also said its fire fighting operations in the bush are “very effective”.
It said it deployed six aircraft to help contain the fires in the remote areas, including a C732 Citation, C739 Citation, A320-200, C130-200 and a C130 Hercules.
Topics:fire,wildfires,fire-control,environmental-impact,brisbane-4000,qld,act,brisbanon-4280,lismore-4350,tas,australiaMore stories from Queensland