Wind spreads smoke from fire at Caloundra Industrial Estate

SUNSHINE Coast Council is actively assisting Queensland Fire and Emergency Services who are attending a fire behind the Caloundra Industrial Estate.

The fire started in a mulched timber stockpile at the southern end of Racecourse Rd yesterday.

Large smoke plumes are affecting the western and southern suburbs of Caloundra, in the Little Mountain area.

Council's Local Disaster Coordinator Andrew Ryan said Queensland Fire and Emergency Services were on-site coordinating the control and extinguishing of the fire and Sunshine Coast Council was assisting, providing heavy earth-moving equipment to spread the mulch to help put it out as soon as possible.

"Overnight winds helped disperse the smoke and that should continue today, but we are expecting the smoke haze to remain in the Little Mountain and surrounding areas for the next couple of days," Mr Ryan said.

"For residents who may be impacted by the smoke, you are advised to refer to the Queensland Heath Fact sheet on Bushfire Smoke.

"If you are sensitive to smoke you we encouraged to relocate to relatives or friends for the next few days, if possible.

"Specifically, try to stay indoors, and keep doors and windows closed."

The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage.

To minimise possible health impacts during a bushfire smoke event consider:

  • Minimising the amount of physical activity outdoors. People with pre-existing lung or heart conditions in particular, should rest as much as possible and keep away from the smoke.
  • When indoors, keep windows and doors closed. If you have an air conditioner, turn it on and switch it to "recycle or recirculate".
  • If you do not have an air-conditioner, take steps to reduce heat stress, especially in the very young, people who are unwell, or the elderly.
  • If your home gets too hot to be comfortable, or is letting in a lot of outside air, try to take an air conditioned break at a local community library or shopping centre.
  • When indoors, avoid other sources of air pollution as much as possible, including smoke from cigarettes, woodstoves, burning candles or using unflued gas appliances.
  • If there is a break in smoky conditions, take the opportunity to air out your home to improve indoor air quality.
  • Anyone with a lung or heart condition should keep at least five days' supply of medication on hand. Those with asthma should follow their personal asthma plan.
  • Anyone experiencing breathing problems or chest pain should seek medical advice immediately.
  • Listen to your local radio station or watch television for updates on fire and smoke conditions in the area.
  • When smoke conditions become 'hazardous', everyone should rest indoors and avoid outdoor activity as much as possible. Outdoor sporting events should be postponed.
  • Sensitive individuals should consider temporarily moving away from the smoke affected area and stay with a friend or relative.

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