ANOTHER FIRE: QFES and the Rural Fire Brigade have been kept busy this weekend with another fire burning in Gympie.
ANOTHER FIRE: QFES and the Rural Fire Brigade have been kept busy this weekend with another fire burning in Gympie. Sarah Steger

Crews kept busy with another bushfire in Gympie

FIVE crews are currently on scene battling a bushfire at The Dawn, Gympie which ignited earlier today.

It is believed 5ha of land had been burnt, but there was no threat to properties.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said the fire was now under control.

The fire was travelling in a north easterly direction towards Panorama Drive and Van Velsen Road.

People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you or 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, refer to it now and be 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 the situation changes.

. 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.

. 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.

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

. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

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

Keep informed:

. Following QFES on Facebook (@QldFireandRescueService) and Twitter (@QldFES)

. Staying tuned to your local radio station. Find your local ABC radio station at https://radio.abc.net.au/help/offline and your local commercial radio station at http://www.commercialradio.com.au/find-a-station/queensland;

. Visiting the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map

. For bushfire preparation tips, visit the RFS website: www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/BushFire_Safety

. For information about road closures, call 13 19 40 or visit www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au

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