Russell Island Bushfire, 15 December at 5:13pm

The fire is located at Centre Road west to Hemp Hill Road and south and east from centre Road to Rampart drive, which is in the lower southern area of the island towards the middle of the island.

There are approximately 60 homes currently under threat, but as yet none have been lost.

Queensland Police are evacuating some homes.  People should be moving from their homes due to smoke and fire. Secure your homes and leave.

At 3.08 pm Police declared an emergency situation under the Public Safety Preservation Act in Russell Island this afternoon.

It is important to follow direction from police and firefighters. Check on your neighbours and take any medication with you.

Do not try to second guess this fire. Move out of the area. Don’t wait.

There are currently about 10 people at the evacuation centre at Russell Island Community Hall, corner of Alison Crescent and High Street near the ferry terminal.

Police are currently bringing more people to the centre, which is being staffed by Red Cross and Redland City Council.

Currently, five fire crews and a water bombing helicopter are working to contain the blaze but fire fighters will not be able to protect every affected property and residents should not expect a fire fighter at their door.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat.

Residents should consider taking precautionary measures including:

  • Putting on protective clothing;
  • Drinking lots of water;
  • Moving car/s to a safe location;
  • Closing windows and doors and shutting blinds;
  • Bringing pets inside, restraining them (leash, cage or secure room) and providing water;
  • Wetting down fine fuels close to buildings;
  • Removing garden furniture, doormats and other items;
  • Sealing all gaps under doors and screens;
  • Filling containers with water – eg bath, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins;
  • Having ladders ready for roof space access (inside) and against roof (outside);
  • Having a generator or petrol powered pump ready; and
  • Checking and patrolling outside for embers, extinguishing any spot fires and seeking shelter as the fire front arrives.

For more information go to Council’s