North Stradbroke Island fire update as at 12.15pm Thursday 29 November 2018 – Straddie residents urged to stay alert – Dunwich township meeting 3pm tomorrow

A township meeting will be held at Dunwich at 3pm on Friday 30 November to provide an update on the fire currently burning at 18 Mile Swamp, near Blue Lake on the eastern side of North Stradbroke Island.

Residents are advised to keep updated with community messaging.

The township meeting, with representatives from emergency services and Redland City Council, will be held at 3pm at Dunwich Community Hall, 6 Ballow Road, with community members invited to attend.

Backburning overnight was successful and continues today to further contain the fire on the western flank.

There are no immediate threats to townships, however there is significant smoke affecting the area,  reducing visibility and air quality.

All campers have been evacuated from Main Beach and camping bookings for that area have been suspended by Minjerribah Camping.

Main Beach has been closed south of Alfred Martin Way (the causeway) and Fisherman’s Track (a 4WD track) has also been closed.

Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC) rangers are continuing to patrol areas used by traditional owners in the areas under threat by the fire.

Additional resources have been deployed to North Stradbroke Island with crews from Qld Fire and Emergency Services, Redland City Council, Qld Parks and Wildlife Service and QYAC .

The POLAIR helicopter has been in use on the island to inform ground crews of the fire’s movement.

Residents are advised to keep updated with community messaging.

A fire ban has been extended across all of Redland City until 11.59pm today at this stage. People are urged to only use mowers or power tools with extreme caution and with a spotter.

Dangerous fire weather conditions remain for parts of central and southeast Queensland.

Any thunderstorms in southeast Queensland may produce dry lightning which could start more fires.


o Listen to your local radio station or visit the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website for regular updates.

o If you have a bushfire survival plan, refer to it now and be ready to follow it.

o If you do not have a bushfire survival plan, or if your plan is to leave, identify where you will go if the situation changes.

o Close windows and doors to minimise smoke exposure.

o If you suffer from a respiratory condition, keep your medication close by.

o Drive with caution in low visibility conditions.

o Contact your neighbours to see if they need help preparing for the bushfire.

o Consider finding your essential items (e.g., identification documents, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing such as a long-sleeved cotton shirt and trousers, and boots) in case you need to leave.

o Consider what you will do to protect your pets and livestock.

o Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

o Advise family and friends of your intended actions if the situation changes.


o Following QFES on Facebook and Twitter

o Staying tuned to your local radio station. Find your local ABC radio station and your local commercial radio station

o Visiting the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website


o For bushfire preparation tips, visit the RFS website

o For information about road closures, call 13 19 40 or visit the QLD traffic website.


o The new Redlands Coast emergency website (also accessible via Council’s website)

o Council’s Facebook and Twitter pages and the Redland City Council website.

o Local radio 612ABC and Bay FM 100.3