BUSHFIRE: Moreton Bay island residents told to leave

RESIDENTS on Macleay Island in Moreton Bay have been urged to leave their homes as a bushfire bears down on their homes. 

A statement from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services says firefighters are struggling to control the blaze which is throwing embers before it and potentially causing spot fires. 

The fire was first located at Tim Sheas Wetland Reserve and is presently travelling in a westerly direction across the Island. 

A number of streets are expected to be impacted in the immediate future including: Charles Terrace, Michiko St, Squire St, Lemontree Drive, Sandpiper Parade,Dove St and Brolga St, Tim Sheas Wetland Reserve, Macleay Island within two hours.

"The fire is expected to impact on the Macleay Island community and there is a chance that some property may be lost. Power, water and mobile phone supplies may be lost in the area over the next several hours," a QFES statement read. 

"It will be very hot and windy and as the fire approaches it may become increasingly difficult to see, hear or breathe.

"Residents are strongly advised to leave now if their plan is to do so or if they don't have a plan. Leaving is the safest option for survival.

"Well prepared and defended homes can offer safety during the fire and may be defensible.

"Currently, five fire crews are working with aerial support to contain the blaze but firefighters will not be able to protect every affected property and residents should not expect a firefighter at their door."


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