AGNES FIRE: Residents lose power, caravan damaged
UPDATE, WEDNESDAY 4.22PM:
A CARAVAN at Jakeman Dr was the only property to bear the full brunt of a bushfire at Agnes Water today.
A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said eight fire crews remained at the scene at Lady Elliot Dr to monitor the bushfire which has burnt through an estimated 10 acres.
She said fire crews were able to protect almost all properties in the area, with a caravan at Jakeman Dr damaged by the fire.
The fire is now burning within containment lines.
ELECTRICITY is expected to be restored by 6.30pm for Agnes Water residents.
About 60 customers are affected by the outage, which was caused by power lines being damaged by the bush fire which broke out this morning.
Affected areas now include Jaenke Ct, Jakeman Dr and Lady Elliot Dr.
At 3.30pm power was restored to 1640 customers.
HUNDREDS of people are without power at Agnes Water due to a bush fire which has been burning since this morning.
The outage caused by damage power lines at the corner of Jaenke Ct and Lady Elliot Dr was initially reported at 1.37pm to Ergon Energy, with the outage affecting 2000 customers.
Within 20 minutes 1700 customers had their power restored.
An Ergon Energy spokesman told The Observer about 300 customers are still without power.
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They could not provide details as to when the power would be entirely restored to the area.
Ergon Energy workers from Miriam Vale are working to find a solution.
FIRE crews have contained a bushfire at Agnes Water, which veered dangerously close to properties earlier today.
An updated notice from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services at 12.30pm said the bushfire is in the vicinity of Jaenke Ct, Lady Elliot Dr and Jakeman Dr, west of Allingham Way.
At 11.45am QFES urged residents living in the area to evacuate.
In the most recent update, QFES said the fire is now burning within containment lines, with no properties currently under threat.
They said residents still needed to keep up to date and know what actions to take if the situation changes.
Residents have been urged to be aware that they may be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.
Lady Elliot Dr has been reopened.
Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you or your property is under threat.
QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services has warned a "fast moving" fire at Agnes Water could have a significant impact on the community.
It released a 'leave now' notice at 11.45am this morning, for the fire which is impacting properties on Jaenke Crt, Jakeman Dr and Lady Elliot Dr.
At 11.45am the fire was travelling in a north-west direction from Lady Elliot Dr, between Jaenke Ct and Anderson Way toward Bicentennial Dr and Round Hill Road.
There are six crews working to control the blaze, and ten on the way.
"Fire crews are working to contain the fire but firefighters may not be able to protect every property," QFES said.
"You should not expect a firefighter at your door.
"Power, water, and mobile phone service may be lost."
Lady Elliot Drive is blocked between Jaenke Road and Anderson Way. Residents in this area are still able to leave.
Residents at Jaenke Court should evacuate in a southerly direction on Lady Elliot Drive toward Rocky Crossing Road.
Residents on Lady Elliot Drive closest to Jaenke Court should evacuate in a southerly direction on Lady Elliot Drive toward Rocky Crossing Road.
Residents closest to Anderson Way should evacuate in a northerly direction using Anderson Way and Bicentennial Drive.
Residents on Jakeman Drive should evacuate south using Allingham Way and Lady Elliot Drive.
People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has recommended this for residents:
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:
• Listen to your local radio station or visit the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website for regular updates.
• Put on protective clothing (e.g., a long-sleeved cotton shirt, boots with thick soles).
• Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
If you are leaving:
• Secure your pets for safe transport.
• Check for road closures and then advise family and friends of your intended travel route.
• Take your important documents and essential items (e.g., passports, birth certificates, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing) when you leave.
• Drive with caution in low visibility conditions.
If you are unable to leave:
• Bring pets inside; restrain them with a leash, a cage, or inside a secure room; and provide them with plenty of water.
• Move flammable materials such as doormats, wheelie bins, and outdoor furniture away from your house.
• Fill containers such as your bath, sinks, and buckets with water so you have access to drinking water and firefighting water.
• Close windows and doors, sealing the gaps under doors and screens with wet towels to keep smoke out of the house.
• If you suffer from a respiratory condition, keep your medication close by.
KEEP UP TO DATE BY:
• Following QFES on Facebook (@QldFireandRescueService) and Twitter (@QldFES)
A FIRE has broken out at Agnes Water near Lady Elliott Dr.
One Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crew is on the scene and more crews are on the way.
The fire is estimated to be about four acres in size.