BUSHFIRE CRISIS: Binna Burra warning downgraded, residents urged to stay alert

UPDATE  @ 11.30PM : The Emergency Warning for a fire burning at Binna Burra has been downgraded to a Watch and Act after a frightening few hours for locals.

The blaze burning near Binna Burra Rd flared up this evening near homes prompting a warning from QFES for residents to seek immediate shelter as it was too late to leave.

The fire has been burning in an easterly direction south of Summerville Rd.


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Residents are still urged to follow their bushfire survival plan this evening with warnings the situation could deteriorate again.

Those who do not have a plan are advised to leave now.

Those who choose to leave are urged to do so in a northerly direction towards Beechmont.

Residents who have already left are warned not return as conditions are still too dangerous.

The danger in the Hinterland is expected to last for most of the week with more dry and gusty winds forecast.

A total fire ban has been extended until midnight next Sunday.

Source: Geoscience Australia

EARLIER @ 8.55PM : An Emergency Warning has been issued for the Hinterland with residents in Binna Burra urged to seek shelter immediately.

The fire has flared up and is burning on both sides of Binna Burra Rd , south of Summerville Rd.

It is travelling in an easterly direction and is impacting Binna Burra now.

Residents are warned it is too late to leave and driving now would be extremely dangerous.

QFES advises that firefighters are unable to stop the fire advancing.

Residents are urged to call Triple Zero (000) if you are in immediate danger.

QFES advises that people should:

• 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 suffer from a respiratory condition, keep your medication close by.
• 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.
• Identify a safe spot to shelter in, which would be a place with more than one exit, preferably inside a brick building, away from windows and doors. The safest spot is the place that will keep you furthest away from the intense heat from the fire. As the fire approaches and passes, the safest spot will change, so be ready to move.

EARLIER @12.00PM: Hinterland residents are being warned the bushfire crisis is far from over, despite conditions slightly easing.

Residents in Binna Burra are being told to ‘stay informed’, as the earlier ‘watch and act’ warning was revised down.

QFES has warned the area still remains closed to the public, due to evacuations.

“Residents are advised not to return to the area as it is too dangerous to do so and inaccessible,” the latest warning reads.

Despite the immediate threat subsiding, the blaze in Binna Burra, in conjunction with other bushfires across the state, has been described as an unprecedented event.

It’s understood Queensland has never never seen fire danger ratings this high so early in spring.

With dry and gusty conditions set to continue over the coming days, and little rain forecast in the coming weeks, it could still be a while before the situation – particularly in Binna Burra – is contained.

It’s been confirmed the Binna Burra resort has suffered serious structural damage, after the blaze ripped through the 86-year-old building overnight.

Eleven homes have been lost in the Sarabah/Binna Burra areas over the past couple of days.

Authorities on the ground say accessibility is continuing to make fighting the blaze extremely difficult, with trees falling over roads and tough terrain.

As many as 100 families have been displaced by the blaze, and a significant amount of livestock has been lost.

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen says there’s still a long way to go, but he’s proud of his community’s response to the tragedy.

“The reality is we should expect significant structural loss… that has already occurred, and potentially much more loss.”

“That is what is deeply concerning, and fairly difficult … The really great news is that we continue to enjoy the outcome that we have had no loss of life,” Mr Christensen said.

The outlook is looking grim for south-east Queensland in coming weeks, with little to no rain forecast.

Bruce Gunn, the State Manager for the Bureau of Meteorology, says the fire danger is expected to remain for the next few days.

“Today the cool and very dry south westerly winds will continue, somewhere in the range of 30-40 kilometres and hour, gusting up to 60 or 70 kilometres an hour.

“The humidity’s going to drop again this afternoon, down to the 10-20 percent mark for nearly all of Queensland bringing the very high fire dangers to the north of the state.

“Winds are going to increase across the southeast tomorrow, but will start easing on Tuesday.

“So that actual easing of the fire dangers is not really until Tuesday for the southeast.

“There is no prospect of rain in the next eight days at least, and the seasonal outlook is rather bleak for getting anything above average rainfalls.

“Adding to that, the higher the average temperatures we’re expecting just exacerbates the situation,”Mr Gunn said.

EARLIER @ 7.00AM, September 8: Residents in Binna Burra are being told to prepare to leave, with a ‘watch and act’ warning in place.

Beechmont, Numinbah Valley and Springbrook have been revised down to ‘stay informed’.

The fire is this morning burning on both sides of Binna Burra Road, south of Summerville Road, and travelling in an easterly direction towards Numinbah Valley and Springbrook.

Residents are being urged to have their bushfire survival plans ready, and be prepared to leave at short notice, as conditions could change quickly.

Gusty winds and dry conditions are expected to continue today, which could worsen the situation.

Those who have already left their homes are being told it’s still too dangerous to return, though a refuge has been set up at Moriarty Park in Canungra for those needing a place to go.

Meantime in the Granite Belt, Applethorpe residents are being told to leave immediately as conditions worsen there.

Stanthorp’s warning currently sits at ‘watch and act’.

EARLIER@ 4.00PM: Firefighters are working tirelessly to try and get the upper hand on a large bushfire burning in the Hinterland with officials warning the threat will last will into next week.

Waterbombing aircraft are again being used to help slow the blaze down with fears more townships will come under threat in coming days.

A Watch and Act alert remains in place for Binna Burra and Beechmont with residents urged to make preparations to leave in case they need to evacuate quickly.

The Binna Burra fire front is currently burning from Binna Burra Road in an easterly direction towards Numinbah Valley and Springbrook and in a southerly direction towards Binna Burra.

QFES is also warning that a fire front is likely to impact the Beechmont area, including Beechmont Road, South West Road, Windabout Road and adjoining streets.

QFES Acting Commissioner Mike Wassing says will the immediate threat has eased, it’s still a dangerous situation.

“The temperatures have dropped but we still have very high winds and that remains a risk for us, “Acting Commissioner Wassing said.

“Our main containment for the Sarabah fire is to make sure it doesn’t get into Springbrook.

“There’s very difficult terrain in that hinterland area and that’s very difficult for firefighters on the ground but they’re supported by a lot of aircraft as well. ”

Image | Tyson Borg

Bureau of Meteorology Senior Forecaster Bruce Gunn says the dangerous weather conditions are continuing despite the cooler temps.

“Today’s fire dangers are slightly reduced and that’s mainly because its cool however it’s still very dry (because of) the winds behind this change,” Mr Gunn said.

“Relative humidity is still in the 20 per cent mark so that makes going fires still challenging to manage for firefighters.”

QFES Assistant Commissioner Kevin Walsh says the fire danger is expected to last for several more days.

“While it was a challenging night last night, those challenges still remain today and will remain for the next few days until towards the middle of next week.

“So we are asking people to be vigilant and to remain their situational awareness.”

BUSHFIRE ALERT – UPDATEThe events last night up at Binna Burra show just how quickly a bushfire situation can…

Posted by Lower Beechmont Rural Fire Brigade on Friday, September 6, 2019

11 homes have already been confirmed as being lost from the Hinterland fire.

10 properties were destroyed in Binna Burra while another was destroyed at Sarabah.

Image | Tyson Borg

 

EARLIER @11.00AM: The emergency ‘leave immediately’ warning has been downgraded to ‘watch and act’ for Binna Burra.

A large bush fire is still raging in the area though the immediate threat seems to have subsided.

However, those who have already left the area are being told not to return as conditions are too dangerous.

Binna Burra Road remains closed.

“Anyone in the area needs to be ready to follow their bushfire survival plan. If you do not have a plan, or intend to leave, you should be ready to leave the area because the situation could get worse quickly.

“Currently as 11am Saturday 7 September a fire is travelling from Binna Burra Road in an easterly direction towards Numinbah Valley and Springbrook. The fire is currently impacting Binna Burra,” QFES latest update reads.

An evacuation centre has been opened at the Moriarty Park Community Sports Centre, 37 Coburg Rd, Canungra. Residents who have evacuated should await further instruction from authorities before returning to the area.

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen says it’s been a confronting time for the hinterland community.

“I live in this area, I live in rural area, I understand what it means to anyone.

“This is the most beautiful part, of Queensland and I believed of Australia and to see that beauty destroyed in the way it has – it’s pretty tough.

“And for the people that have come here to live, because it is the best place, to see their peace and tranquillity torn apart like this is quite confronting,” Mayor Christensen said.

EARLIER @9.00AM: The Bureau of Meteorology fear weather conditions over the coming days could worsen the bush fire crisis in the Gold Coast Hinterland.

At least 10 homes have been confirmed destroyed in Binna Burra overnight, with an emergency warning to ‘leave immediately’ still in place.

The Gold Coast is in for strong winds over the coming days which could fan the flames further.

Harry Clark from the Bureau told myGC, that the temperatures may have dropped but it’s still dry and windy.

“We still have a very dry and quite gusty westerly wind continuing today, with winds up to 20-30 km/h and gusts higher than that.

“Temperatures have taken a dive and are a lot lower than yesterday, going for a top of 25 degrees in Surfers Paradise and similar through inland parts as well, just reaching 27 at Beaudesert, compared to about 35 degrees yesterday.

“We still have a very high fire danger for the coming days with those dry gusty south-westerly winds continuing.

“Obviously it will make any fire fighting challenging with those conditions.

“We’re still expecting Sunday and Monday to be quite windy, with gusty westerleys continuing for those days.

“On Tuesday and Wednesday we should finally start to see those winds ease and little more moisture returning to the coast,” Mr Clark said.

‘Watch and act’ alerts remain in place for Beechmont, Springbrook, Numinbah Valley, Sarabah and Witheran.

EARLIER @ 8.10AM: 10 houses have been confirmed lost as a bush fire continues raging in the Gold Coast Hinterland.

Conditions are continuing to worst with strong gusty winds and hot dry conditions.

It’s understood all the houses were lost in the Binna Burra area, where residents still being told to ‘leave immediately’.

“A large and dangerous fire is travelling in an easterly direction towards Binna Burra Road. It is currently impacting Binna Burra Road, south of Summerville Road, including Akoonah Drive, Gwingana Court, Timbarra Drive, Boongala Road and Bibaringa Close.

“The fire is expected to have a significant impact on the community.

“Conditions are now very dangerous and firefighters may soon be unable to prevent the fire advancing. The fire may pose a threat to all lives directly in its path. Fire crews may not be able to protect your property. You should not expect a firefighter at your door: act now,” QFES warned in their most recent update (7.45am)

Meantime, paramedics have confirmed they’ve been required out at Clagiraba overnight.

It’s understood a man in his 20s collapsed while trying to fight fires around 9.40pm.

Paramedics say they attended a private address where they briefly treated him for smoke inhalation, exhaustion and a jaw injury, before transporting him to the Gold Coast University Hospital.

Queensland Ambulance were unable to confirm if the man was a fire fighter or not.

EARLIER @ 7.30AM: At least four homes have been lost as a huge bushfire continues to rage in the Hinterland.

Conditions worsened early this morning with a cool change bring strong and gusty winds.

QFES Acting Commissioner Mike Wassing has confirmed three homes were destroyed in Binna Burra overnight.

He warned there is likely to more homes destroyed with teams out assessing the area this morning.

Another home was destroyed at Sarabah on Friday afternoon.

An Emergency Warning remains in place for residents in Binna Burra with fire impacting the area this morning.

Residents on Binna Burra Rd, south of south of Summerville Road are being urged to leave immediately along with residents in nearby streets, including Akoonah Drive, Gwingana Court, Timbarra Drive, Boongala Road and Bibaringa Close.

QFES warns it will soon be too dangerous to leave.

Watch and Act alerts remain in place for residents in Beechmont, Numinbah Valley, Springbrook and Witheren.

Residents there are being urged to have their bushfire survival plans ready and be prepared to leave.

EARLIER @6.00AM: Residents in Numinbah Valley, Springbrook and Witheren are now being told to ‘watch and act’, as an out-of-control bushfire continues threatening parts of the Gold Coast Hinterland.

An emergency warning is still in place for residents in Binna Burra to leave immediately, with the blaze now dangerously close to properties.

The fire is travelling in an easterly direction towards Binna Burra Road, and is currently impacting Binna Burra Road, south of Summerville Road, including Akoonah Drive, Gwingana Court, Timbarra Drive, Boongala Road and Bibaringa Close.

Locals in Numinbah Valley and Springbrook are now being urged to be ready to follow their bushfire survival plan, with warnings the situation could get worse very quickly.

It’s understood the blaze is still moving in an easterly direction from Lamington National Park towards Nerang Murwillumbah Road in Numinbah Valley.

The flames are also moving towards Lyrebird Ride Road in Springbrook.

In Witheren, south-east of Canungra, flames are still travelling east from Sarabah towards Climax Court, Limerick Drive, Upper Coomera Road and Beechmont Road.

Residents are being told not to expect a firefighter at their door.

EARLIER @ 5.00AM: An emergency warning has been re-issued for a fire burning in the Hinterland with residents near Binna Burra urged to leave immediately.

Strong winds fanned by the cool change have caused havoc for firefighters overnight with the blaze now dangerously close to homes.

The fire is travelling in an easterly direction towards Binna Burra Road.

It is currently impacting Binna Burra Road, south of Summerville Road, including Akoonah Drive, Gwingana Court, Timbarra Drive, Boongala Road and Bibaringa Close.

QFES warns the fire is expected to have a significant impact on the community.

Fire crews warn conditions are now very dangerous and they might not be able to stop the fire advancing.

An evacuation centre has been set up at Tamborine Memorial Hall on Waterford Tamborine Rd.

A Watch an Act is also  in place for parts of Beechmont with residents urged to get their bushfire survival plan and be prepared to leave.

QFES says the fire is dangerous and unpredictable and burning close to the Beechmont township.

Officials warn it could impact the Beechmont township, including Beechmont Road, Windabout Road, Flemington Road, Doncaster Road, Doomben Court, Gumtree Court, Ascot Court, Wattle Court, South West Road, Lilac Tree Court, McInnes Court, Acacia Court, Cypress Court, Jacaranda Court, Poplar Court, Willow Court, Maple Court, Prunus Court.

EARLIER @ 12.30AM: Residents in Springbrook and Numinbah Valley are now being urged to prepare to leave as a dangerous and fast moving bushfire continues to burn in Lamington National Park.

One fire front is travelling east through the National Park between Binna Burra and Natural Bridge towards Lyrebird Ridge Rd at Springbrook.

QFES is warning the fire is likely to impact Springbrook.

A Watch and Act alert has now been put in place for the area.

Image: Google Maps

Fire crews are also battling a second front burning towards Nerang Murwillumbah Road at Numinbah Valley.

Winds are expect to hit up to 90 km/h making the job for firefighters extremely difficult.

Residents with a bushfire survival plan are being urged to be ready to follow it.

Those without a bushfire survival plan or who intend leave are being warned to be ready to go as the situation could get worse quickly.

Police have been door knocking residents advising them of the situation.

Meantime Police have closed Nerang Murwillumbah Rd at Advancetown and are only allowing residents to use the road.

Just spoke to residents at Numinbah and at present there is signs of smoke but no visible signs of fire. The winds are…

Posted by Gilston/Advancetown Rural Fire Brigade on Friday, September 6, 2019

EARLIER @ 11.30PM: The bushfire emergency is continuing in the Hinterland with QFES advising that conditions near the fire front at Binna Burra are worsening.

The Emergency Warning has been downgraded to a Watch and Act alert, but residents are still being urged to leave now if it is safe to do so.

That fire front is travelling in a south-easterly direction from Lamington National Park Road towards Springbrook.

It is impacting this area now with firefighters warning the fire could have a significant impact on the community.

Binna Burra Road remains closed and it is unsafe to return.

Binna Burra Road remains closed. The fire has crossed the road south of Timbarra. It is burning in the National Park. We…

Posted by Beechmont Rural Fire Brigade on Friday, September 6, 2019

The threat to Sarabah has eased slightly with some residents advised it is now safe to return home.

The blaze is still burning in an easterly direction towards Lamington National Park and Binna Burra.

A Watch And Act alert remains in place for the area with residents urged to remain vigilant as conditions could change again,

EARLIER @ 10.45PM: A major bushfire burning in the Gold Coast Hinterland has been downgraded this evening with some residents told they can now return to their homes.

QFES has advised that the Emergency Warning for the fire burning at Sarabah has now been removed but they’ve urged caution as conditions could change again.

A Watch and Act Warning is now in place instead with residents urged to remain vigilant despite the change.

The fire continues to travel in an easterly direction towards Lamington National Park and Binna Burra.

QFES says the fire is likely to impact Lamington National Park and Binna Burra.

Tonight we have our trucks at the Sarabah fire. One of our trucks is at a house protecting it from the approaching fire. Thanks to all the volunteer fire fighters and keep safe

Posted by Bonogin Valley Rural Fire Brigade on Friday, September 6, 2019

One home has already been confirmed destroyed while four people had to be rescued by helicopter earlier today.

Residents returning to their homes are being urged to make sure they are still ready to enact their bushfire survival plans as the situation may change quickly.

Firefighters will continue battling the blaze throughout the night ahead of more tricky conditions expected on Saturday.

More strong westerly winds are forecast throughout the day, easing by the evening.

View from Binna Burra this afternoon. Binna Burra has been evacuated today

Posted by Bonogin Valley Rural Fire Brigade on Friday, September 6, 2019

EARLIER @ 7.30PM : Firefighters are facing a long night as they battle a large bushfire burning on several fronts in the Hinterland.

Emergency Warnings remain in place for residents near Sarabah and Binna Burra.

A dangerous fire front is burning in an easterly direction towards Lamington National Park and Binna Burra.

It is already impacting Tabletop Road, Illinbah Road, Gray Road and surrounding properties.

Residents in those areas are being warned they should leave immediately because it may soon be too dangerous.

People south of Rymera Road, on Sarabah Road, and people on Tabletop Road and Gray Road are advised to evacuate in a north direction as it is no longer safe to travel in an easterly direction.

Another fast moving front is burning between MacKenzie Road and Binna Burra Road, south of Beechmont Road, travelling in a southerly direction towards Binna Burra.

It is impacting Binna Burra now.

QFES warns crews are unable to stop the fire advancing and it is expected to have a ‘life-threatening impact’ on the community.

Residents in that area should seek shelter because it is now too dangerous to leave.

Binna Burra Road is currently closed.

QFES has confirmed one home has already been lost on Tabletop Rd at Sarabah.

Four people and their pet dog had to be rescued by helicopter earlier today.

EARLIER @ 6.00 PM: Residents are now being told it’s too late to leave as an extremely dangerous bushfire burns near Beechmont.

An emergency warning has been issued for the fast moving blaze, which is currently burning between MacKenzie Road and Binna Burra Road, south of Beechmont Road.

It’s travelling in a southerly direction and is impacting Binna Burra right now.

“It is now too late to leave the area. Driving now would be extremely dangerous,” QFES warned.

“The fire is expected to have a life-threatening impact on the community.”

QFES has advised conditions are now very dangerous, and firefighters are unable to prevent the fire advancing.

“The fire poses a threat to all lives directly in its path. Fire crews may not be able to protect your property. You should not expect a firefighter at your door: act now.”

Binna Burra Road is currently closed.

Police have also declared an emergency for the dangerous bushfire burning at Sarabah, in the Scenic Rim.

It includes the following areas:

  • West boundary – Lamington National Park Road
  • North boundary – Beaudesert Nerang Road
  • East boundary – Beechmont Road through to Binna Burra Road
  • South boundary – Binna Burra Road intersection with Beechmont Road and a direct line from O’Reilly’s lodge to Binna Burra

An evacuation centre has been set up at Tamborine Village Memorial Hall, 2720 Waterford Tamborine Road.

EARLIER@ 5.45 PM: Another warning has just been issued by Queensland fire crews, this time for a dangerous bushfire burning near Beechmont.

It’s understood the fast-moving blaze is currently burning between MacKenzie Road and Binna Burra Road, south of Beechmont Road.

It’s travelling in a southerly direction towards Binna Burra, and authorities warn it could have a significant impact on the community with conditions only getting worse.

Residents are being urged to evacuate north along Binna Burra Road, towards Beechmont.

“Follow your bushfire survival plan now. If you do not have a plan, your safest option is to leave now if it is clear to do so,” QFES warned.

“If you are not in the area, do not return, as conditions are too dangerous.”

Meanwhile, residents in the Hinterland are being urged to leave immediately with a dangerous bushfire now impacting communities around Sarabah and Illinbah.

Police have declared an emergency, which includes the following areas –

  • West boundary – Lamington National Park Road
  • North boundary – Beaudesert Nerang Road
  • East boundary – Beechmont Road through to Binna Burra Road
  • South boundary – Binna Burra Road intersection with Beechmont Road and a direct line from O’Reilly’s lodge to Binna Burra

An evacuation centre has been set up at Tamborine Village Memorial Hall, 2720 Waterford Tamborine Road, if required.

So far, one home in the area has been lost to the flames and hundreds of hectares of bushland destroyed.

If you are under immediate threat, call Triple-Zero (000)

EARLIER @ 4.30PM: Residents in the Hinterland are being urged to leave immediately with a dangerous bushfire now impacting communities around Sarabah and Illinbah.

The fire is travelling in a southerly direction towards Lamington National Park.

It is currently impacting Tabletop Road, Illinbah Road, Gray Road and surrounding properties.

QFES has advised conditions are now very dangerous, and firefighters may soon be unable to prevent the fire advancing.
The fire may pose a threat to all lives directly in its path. Fire crews may not be able to protect your property.

Police have also declared an emergency. It includes areas within the following areas –

  • West boundary – Lamington National Park Road
  • North boundary – Beaudesert Nerang Road
  • East boundary – Beechmont Road through to Binna Burra Road
  • South boundary – Binna Burra Road intersection with Beechmont Road and a direct line from O’Reilly’s lodge to Binna Burra

Emergency Warning. Source QPS

People south of Rymera Road, on Sarabah Road, and people on Tabletop Road and Gray Road are advised to evacuate in north and easterly directions.

An evacuation centre has been set up at Tamborine Village Memorial Hall, 2720 Waterford Tamborine Road, if required.

If you are under immediate threat, call Triple-Zero (000)

EARLIER @ 3.00PM | Fire officials are warning the worst is yet come as conditions across the region deteriorate.

Residents near Sarabah in the Hinterland have been urged to leave with a large bushfire expected to impact the community soon.

Winds in the area have been picking up with gusts in excess of 40 km/h, but they are expected to strengthen ahead of a cool change.

The fire is travelling in an easterly direction towards Beechmont Road and  is expected to impact Darlington Range Road, Climax Court, Limerick Drive, Coral Court, Bode Court and Shay Place.

QFES advises those leaving the area should travel north or south along Beadesert Nerang Road.

More than 20 aircraft are in the area battling the blaze along with more than 100 firefighters on the ground.

Meantime a fresh blaze has broken out at Natural Bridge near Springbrook.

It’s currently burning between Nerang Murwillumbah Road and Springbrook Road.

Multiple crews are on the scene.

No properties are under threat at this stage but there is a lot of smoke in the area.

Residents are being urged to remain vigilant and decide what actions they will take if the situations worsens.

Meantime crews are on scene of a small fire that’s broken out at Pacific Pines.

It’s burning near Aldgate Crescent but is not posing any threat at this stage.

A couple of grass fires have also broken out in the Logan area.

One is burning at Crestmead, north of Park Ridge in the vicinity of Green Road and Rai Drive.

Another is burning at Chambers Flat near Featherstone Rd.

EARLIER @ 12.45PM | RESIDENTS between Sarabah and Canungra are being told to leave now, as a dangerous fire continues to threaten the community.

The out-of-control blaze is currently travelling in an easterly direction towards Beechmont Road.

It is expected to impact Darlington Range Road, Climax Court, Limerick Drive, Coral Court, Bode Court and Shay Place within the next two hours.

QFES warned the fire could have a “significant impact on the community” and urged those leaving the area to do so by travelling north or south along Beadesert Nerang Road.

Conditions are getting worse, with firies urging locals to enact their bushfire survival plans now.

“If you do not have a plan, your safest option is to leave now if it is clear to do so. If you are not in the area, do not return, as conditions are too dangerous.”

Dozens of fire crews are undertaking property protection, but firefighters have warned that they may not be able to protect every property.

“You should not expect a firefighter at your door. Power, water, and mobile phone service may be lost,” QFES said.

EARLIER @ 7.00AM | Fire crews are still desperately working to contain an out-of-control bushfire in Sarabah, just south of Canungra, as the south east braces for a day of severe and even possible catastrophic conditions.

The large blaze is continuing to burn in a northerly direction between Lamington National Park Road and Upper Coomera Road / Beechmont Road.

There are no properties under direct threat at this stage, however nearby residents are being told to be ready to enact their bushfire survival plans with hot and dry conditions expected to make matters worst today.

“You need to be ready to follow your bushfire survival plan. If you do not have a plan, or intend to leave, you should be ready to leave the area because the situation could get worse quickly,” Queensland Fire and Emergency Services warned.

The alert level for the bushfire remains at Watch and Act, with firies warning residents that they should not expect a firefighter at their door.

“Firefighters are working to contain the blaze but firefighters may not be able to protect every property,” they said.

Crews are using heavy machinery to construct fire breaks and have called in firefighting aircraft for support.

The conditions are so severe that Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has extended a local fire ban for residents in parts of south-east Queensland.

The local fire ban will be extended until midnight Sunday, 8 September for residents in the Ipswich, Somerset, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim, Logan and Gold Coast Local Government Areas.
“Conditions are perfect for bushfires to ignite and spread quickly,” QFES said.
Under a local fire ban all open fires are prohibited and all Permits to Light Fire which have been issued in the designated areas have been cancelled.
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, finalise it now so you are 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 you leave the area.
•           Advise family and friends of your plan.
•           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.
•           Pack important documents and essential items (e.g., passports, birth certificates, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing) in case you need to leave the area.
•           Put on protective clothing (e.g., a long-sleeved cotton shirt, boots with thick soles).
•           Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
•           Bring pets inside; restrain them with a leash, a cage, or inside a secure room; and provide them with plenty of water.
•           Take action to protect your livestock.
•           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 believe you or your property is under threat, call Triple Zero 000 immediately.

Stay up-to-date by visiting the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website at ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map.

For bushfire preparation tips, visit ruralfire.qld.gov.au/BushFire_Safety.

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

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Hannah

Please anyone needing to evacuate their horses i have 8 acres at willow vale happy to help