Emergency Fire Update October 27 11am

Emergency Update

Published: 27th October 2023

MICC has been working with the Police and Rural Fire Services to assist with the current bushfire situation to the east of Mount isa.

There have been some evacuations from the Lake Moondarra area and the access road is currently closed. The Fishing Competition has been cancelled from this morning.

Currently there are no residential areas in the Mount Isa City limits at risk and firebreaks have been established in the Breakaway area.

Residents are advised that there may be further road closures today on the Barkley Highway to Cloncurry and possible on the Barkley Highway to the NT border due to smoke. It is recommended motor vehicle travel be avoided unless absolutely necessary.

Cr Danielle Slade said ‘Emergency services have worked through the night to contain any risk to residential areas.

There is currently a water bomber and spotter aircraft working the area to contain spot outbreaks and support ground crews on the fire fronts.

Council Staff are assisting as is Mines personal with plant and equipment to create fire breaks and to extinguish fires.’ Cr Slade urges residences to not sight see or travel through road closures as it may present unnecessary risks.

The region is subject to high winds today and changing wind direction so residents are further updates will be provided.