UPDATE @ 2.00 PM | People in parts of the Gold Coast Hinterland are being told to prepare to leave their homes, with a dangerous bushfire currently burning in Lower Beechmont.
A Watch and Act warning has now been issued for the blaze, which has been burning for almost a week.
Queensland Fire and Emergency says today’s extreme conditions have flared up the flames, which are now burning in an area to the west of North Road, Outlook Avenue and Freemans Road in Lower Beechmont.
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“It is burning in an easterly direction and is expected to impact North Road, Outlook Avenue and Freemans Road,” QFES warned.
Fire crews are working to contain the flames, but they may not be able to save every property.
Residents who do not have a bushfire survival plan are being told to prepare to leave if necessary.
“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,” firies warned.
EARLIER @ 1.45 PM | People in parts of Logan are people told to leave their homes, with a dangerous bushfire currently burning in Buccan and Waterford.
A Watch and Act warning has been issued for the blaze, with the Queensland Fire and Emergency service urging anyone who doesn’t have a bushfire survival plan to leave now.
“There is a bushfire in Buccan and conditions are getting worse,” QFES warned.
“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.
“If you are not in the area, do not return, as conditions are too dangerous.”
The fire is currently travelling in an easterly direction from Waterford Tamborine Road in Waterford along Dairy Creek Road in Buccan.
It is expected to impact Wilson Road, Cambogan Road, Buccan Road, Jarvis Road, Easterley Street, Gardners Road and surrounding streets imminently.
“The fire could have a significant impact on the community,” QFES said.
“Fire crews are working to contain the fire but firefighters 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.”
Residents are being told to self-evacuate east along Dairy Creek Road towards Holmview.
EARLIER @ 1.15 PM | FIRE crews are rushing to the scene of a blaze that’s broken out in the Gold Coast Hinterland this afternoon.
It’s understood the fire erupted in bushland on Illinbah Road in Illinbah just after 12.30pm.
Six crews are currently en-route to the scene, with firies warning people in the area they may be affected by smoke.
“Residents should close their doors and windows and keep medication close by if suffering from a respiratory condition and motorists should use caution and drive to conditions,” QFES said.
A small grass fire is also burning on Mudgeeraba Road in Mudgeera, with one crew on scene, while firies are still battling a large bushfire in Lower Beechmont.
“Queensland Fire and Emergency Services continues to monitor a bushfire burning near Beechmont Road, Tarlington Road and North Road,” QFES said.
Thankfully, there is no threat to any properties in the area at this time.
The region has sizzled through scorching hot temperatures this morning, with Canungra reaching a 37.8 degrees around 1.30pm.
The Gold Coast Seaway also hit 35C at 11.00am today, while it nudged just over 30C at Coolangatta.
Whilst the temps have slightly dropped this afternoon, firefighters are still bracing for the worst with the dangerous fire conditions still posing an extreme threat.
EARLIER @ 6.30 AM | AN EXTREME fire danger warning has been issued for the Gold Coast and most of the South East today, with residents warned to prepare for the worst.
Fire crews are on high alert, with extremely dangerous fire conditions expected across the coast.
Strong winds and temperatures in the mid 30s are forecast today, with a scorching 34 degrees expected on the Gold Coast on Friday, 27C on Saturday and 28C on Sunday.
“On Friday hot, dry, and gusty strong west to southwesterly winds are expected to create Extreme fire danger in the Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast Districts, with Severe fire danger in the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Maranoa and Warrego, and Wide Bay and Burnett Districts,” the Bureau of Meteorology warned.
Only one blaze is currently burning at Watch and Act alert level at Clumber in the Scenic Rim, with residents in the area being told to prepare to leave.
“Currently as at 7.30pm Thursday 7 November, a large bushfire continues to burn between Wilson Road and Spicers Gap Road. It is currently travelling in a north-easterly direction towards Clumber,” firies warned overnight.
“Crews are working to contain the fire but firefighters may not be able to protect every property.
“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.”
A total fire ban remains in place for the Gold Coast until at least midnight on Saturday.
A total fire ban has also been declared for the Tweed and the rest of the NSW north coast with Extreme conditions forecast.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Acting Commissioner Mike Wassing is urging locals to take precautions and avoid activities that could start fires.
“Residents should not use outdoor machinery and power tools near vegetation as one stray spark is all it takes to start a bushfire,” he said.
“This includes the use of lawn mowers, slashers, tractors, grinders and welders.”
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.