Bushfire contained at Oxenford

UPDATE at 8:10 PM | FIREFIGHTERS have managed to get the upper hand on a bushfire burning at Oxenford.

More than 15 trucks were dispatched to fight the blaze near Yallaroi and Kopps Roads after it broke out in severe fire weather about 4.20pm.

While the fire continues to burn, firefighters say it is now contained and is not threatening any homes. Crews will remain on the scene throughout the night.


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Strong westerly winds had earlier fanned the flames towards homes on Sturt St, Woodbridge Place, Wimbledon Way, and Bass, Davis Cup, McNamara, and Hopman Courts.

Residents are being told to remain alert, keep up to date and decide what actions they will take if the situation changes.

The earlier Watch and Act alert has been downgraded to Advice.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:

  • If you have a bushfire survival plan, refer to it now and be 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 the situation changes.
  • 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.
  • Consider finding your essential items (e.g., identification documents, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing such as a long-sleeved cotton shirt and trousers, and boots) in case you need to leave.
  • Consider what you will do to protect your pets and livestock.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Advise family and friends of your intended actions if the situation changes.

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.

UPDATE At 6:20 PM | A BUSHFIRE continues to burn close to homes at Oxenford, with dozens of firefighters to remain on the scene throughout the night.

Thirteen fire trucks were on the scene at 6:20pm, while a further five crews were still on their way.

The blaze broke out in severe fire weather near Yalloroi and Kopps Roads about 4.20pm, with searing heat, hot westerly winds and low humidity combining to create dangerous fire conditions.

Strong westerly winds are fanning the flames to the east, towards Sturt St, Woodbridge Place, Wimbledon Way, and Bass, Davis Cup, McNamara, and Hopman Courts.

Residents in the area have been told to be ready to enact their bushfire survival plans and be prepared to leave if necessary. A Watch and Act alert remained current at the time of writing.

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.

UPDATE at 6:00 PM | FIREFIGHTERS have managed to get the upper hand on a bushfire burning at Wongawallen in the Gold Coast hinterland, while another continues to burn at Oxenford.

A Watch and Act alert was issued for the blaze after it broke out in severe fire weather near Elevation Drive just before 2.20pm and was being fanned by strong westerly winds.

Firefighters were quick on the scene and managed to contain the fire before it threatened any property.

Meanwhile, more than a dozen fire crews are battling a fire burning close to homes at Oxenford.

A Watch and Act alert is current for the blaze, which is burning near Yalloroi and Kopps Roads.

Fanned by strong westerly winds, the fire is moving east towards Sturt St, Woodbridge Place, Wimbledon Way, and Bass, Davis Cup, McNamara and Hopman Courts.

Residents in the area have been warned to be ready to enact their bushfire survival plan. Those who do not have one, or intend to leave, should be ready to leave.

Thirteen fire trucks were on the scene at 6pm, while a further two were still on their way.

More than 600 homes and businesses remain without power in Oxenford after storms and 80km/h winds tore through the area earlier today.

UPDATE at 5.20 PM | RESIDENTS in Oxenford on the northern Gold Coast are being told to ‘prepare to leave’ as a bushfire burns dangerously close to homes in the area.

A Watch and Act alert has been issued for the blaze, which broke out in severe fire weather at 4.20pm, with authorities warning conditions could get worse quickly.

The blaze is burning near the corner of Yallaroi and Kopps Roads and is moving east towards Sturt St, Woodbridge Place, Wimbledon Way, and Bass, Davis Cup, McNamara and Hopman Courts.

Firefighters are working to contain the fire but firefighters may not be able to protect every property.

Ten fire crews were on the scene at 5:10pm, while an additional four crews were still on their way.

Residents in the area have been warned to be ready to enact their bushfire survival plan. Those who do not have one, or intend to leave, should be ready to leave.

UPDATE at 5:00 PM | FIREFIGHTERS are rushing to the scene of a fire burning at Oxenford.

The blaze broke out in bushland between Oxenford and Maudsland about 4.20pm and is believed to be burning near Kopps Road, Bass Court, Bakers Ridge Drive, and Woodbridge Place.

Three crews were on the scene at 5pm, while a further eight trucks were making their way to the scene.

It’s understood smoke can be seen from Movie World and is affecting visibility on the Pacific Motorway.

UPDATE at 4:30 PM | A ‘WATCH and ACT’ alert has been issued for a bushfire burning at Wongawallan, west of Upper Coomera, as conditions continue to deteriorate across the fire ground.

The blaze broke out in severe fire weather near Elevation Drive just before 2.20pm is being fanned east-southeast towards Tamborine Oxenford Road by strong westerly winds.

Authorities warn conditions are getting worse, with flames likely to impact Elevation Drive, Tamborine Oxenford Road, Jourdana Drive, and Howard Creek Place in the coming hours.

Firefighters are on the scene, working to contain the fire but may not be able to protect every home.

Residents have been told to be ready to enact their bushfire survival plans. Those who do not have a plan, or intend to leave, should be ready to leave.

It comes as searing heat, hot westerly winds, and low humidity combine to create perfect fire conditions.

Hot and gusty westerly winds have battered the Coast for most of the afternoon. An 83km/h gust was recorded at the Gold Coast Seaway about 2.40pm.

Temperatures have also skyrocketed across the city, rising 10 degrees in just 90 minutes to peak at 34 degrees at the Seaway at 2.30pm.

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.

FIRST at 2:50 PM | FIREFIGHTERS are on the scene of three blazes burning in the Gold Coast hinterland as winds pick up, temperatures soar and humidity levels plummet across the Southeast.

It’s understood lightning sparked the fires at Canungra, Sarabah, and Wongawallen about midday.

Eight crews were on the scene on Lamington National Park Road at Sarabah at the time of writing, while a further three crews were fighting a blaze on the same road, further north at Canungra.

Meanwhile, a third fire has flared up near Wongawallen, west of Upper Coomera, in the last 10 minutes.

Three crews were dispatched to Elevation Drive following reports of ‘spot fires’ about 2.18pm.

The blazes have broken out in severe fire weather, with searing heat, hot westerly winds and low humidity combining to create the perfect conditions.

A 83km/h wind gust was recorded at the Gold Coast Seaway at 2.42pm, while the mercury skyrocketed from 24 degrees at 12.50pm, to 34 degrees at 2.30pm.

Humidity levels have also plummeted, dropping from 100 per cent at 1:40pm, to just 22 at 2:40pm.

Closer to the Coast, two crews are on the scene of a vegetation fire that has broken out in a small area of bushland at the end of Davebill Court in Labrador.

No further information was available at the time of writing.

Jaydan is a Digital News Producer at myGC.com.au. He was appointed Managing Editor of the Junee Southern Cross newspaper at the age of 17 and has since held positions in a number of newsrooms in New South Wales and Queensland. Jaydan joined the Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company in 2013 and has been keeping the Gold Coast up to date with the latest local, national and international news online at myGC.com.au ever since. With almost ten years’ experience in both print and digital media Jaydan is committed to providing the best coverage during major news and weather events.

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Thanks for helping to get the info out MY GC. Love your work (a rural firefighter)

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Thanks to the fire crews for their efforts