Alton Downs grass fire is under control

UPDATE 2.45pm: The Watch and Act message has been cancelled. The large grass fire in the Alton Downs area is now under control.

QFES have five crews at the fire near Black Fin Ck Rd, Ridgeland Rd, Stnawell-Waroula Rd and Alton Downs.

The fire has been contained and is not posing any threat to nearby properties. Fire crews will remain on scene throughout the evening to monitor the situation. 


1.45pm: QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is advising residents in the vicinity of Alton Downs to finalise their bushfire plans.

At 1.45pm on Monday 26 October a large grass fire was located at Alton Downs. The large and fast moving fire is travelling in a south-westerly direction and is expected to impact the areas of Black Gin Creek Road, Ridgelands Road and Stanwell-Waroula Road within the next hour.

Residents are advised that if their plan is to relocate or they do not have a plan then they are advised to relocate now. Leaving well ahead of a fire is the safest option for survival.

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

Currently, mutliple fire crews are working 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.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat.

Residents should consider taking precautionary measures including:
•Putting on protective clothing;
•Drinking lots of water;
•Moving car/s to a safe location;
•Closing windows and doors and shutting blinds;
•Bringing pets inside, restraining them (leash, cage or secure room) and providing water;
•Wetting down fine fuels close to buildings;
•Removing garden furniture, doormats and other items;
•Sealing all gaps under doors and screens;
•Filling containers with water - eg bath, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins;
•Having ladders ready for roof space access (inside) and against roof (outside);
•Having a generator or petrol powered pump ready; and
•Checking and patrolling outside for embers, extinguishing any spot fires and seeking shelter as the fire front arrives.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if they believe their property comes under threat.

Regular updated information will be provided on the Rural Fire Service Queensland (RFSQ) website at or listen to local radio.

For information on current bushfire incidents visit

Background: there are three levels of bushfire warning -

Advice: Monitor conditions and review your bushfire survival plan.

Watch and Act: Conditions are changing. Start taking action and follow your bushfire survival plan.

Emergency Warning: You are in danger. Act on your bushfire survival plan now.

1.15pm: MULTIPLE Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) crews are currently at the scene of a grass fire burning in the vicinity of Black Gin Creek Road and Ridgelands Road, Alton Downs.

Residents in Alton Downs and surrounding areas may be affected by a large smoke haze throughout the day.

Residents are urged to close windows and doors and if suffering from a respiratory condition, keep medications close by.

Motorists should drive with caution and to conditions.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if they believe their property comes under threat.