Queensland firefighters are bracing for another tough day, with catastrophic weather conditions only expected to make matters worst for authorities battling more than 80 fires across the state.
Residents in Deepwater, Baffle Creek, Rules Beach and Oyster Creek were told to “leave immediately” this morning as an out-of-control bushfire approached the area.
“Leaving immediately is the safest option, as it will soon be too dangerous to drive,” the warning reads.
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“If you are not in the area, do not return, as conditions are too dangerous.”
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said that an “extremely large and intense fire is travelling in a south-westerly direction towards Muller Road. It is expected to impact Baffle Creek, Rules Beach and Oyster Creek in the coming hours. The fire is expected to have a significant impact on the community.”
“All Deepwater, Baffle Creek, Rules Beach and Oyster Creek residents should evacuate in a westerly direction towards Miriam Vale using Tableland Road and Fingerboard Road. The crossing at Hills Road, Coast Road and Oyster Creek Road, Baffle Creek was under threat, but firefighters have managed to prevent the fire spreading to the crossing at this time.
Firies said conditions in the area 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,” they warned.
A ‘Watch and Act’ warning has also been issued for residents in Dalrymple Heights.
“A large fire is travelling from Boons Road towards Chelmans Road, north of Dalrymple Heights,” QFES said.
“It continues to impact Snake Road and Chelmans Road. The fire could have a significant impact on the community.”
Extreme weather conditions involving possible dry-lightning strikes are expected across parts of the state today, posing a serious hazard to the already raging blazes.
“A vigorous trough will continue shifting east through the southeastern corner of the state and central districts today,” the weather bureau said.
“A very gusty, dry westerly wind flow will extend over these regions with this trough, combining with hot conditions to lead to Severe to locally Extreme fire dangers today.
“These conditions will impact regions with active fires. There is also the chance of isolated gusty thunderstorm activity which may produce dry lightning.”