LATEST @ November 10, 11.45 AM | Water bombing aircraft and heavy machinery has been brought in to help contain a bushfire in the Gold Coast hinterland.
The slow-moving blaze is burning near North Road, Freemans Road and Outlook avenue in Lower Beechmont.
It’s currently at an ADVICE warning level, with firies confirming no homes are under threat at the moment.
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Crews will continue to monitor conditions throughout the day, however residents are being warned they will be affected by smoke.
It comes after locals were able to return to their homes overnight after police lifted an emergency declaration in the area.
It’s understood a number of sheds have been destroyed in the blaze.
EARLIER @ 11.15 AM | The immediate threat to homes from a bushfire in Lower Beechmont has eased but the danger is far from over.
More than 70 residents were evacuated last night after the blaze flared up, prompting an emergency warning early this morning.
The bushfire is currently at ADVICE level, with residents being told it’s still too dangerous to return home.
The blaze is currently burning near North Road, Freemans Road and Outlook Avenue.
It is travelling in a north-easterly direction towards Hellfire Pass.
Multiple Queensland Fire and Emergency Service crews are on scene working to contain the flames, which are not posing any threat to properties at this stage.
An exclusion zone remains in place for the Lower Beechmont area.
It includes Nerang Murwillumba Road to the east, Armitage Creek to the west, the intersection of Beechmont Road and Mirani Street to the south and the intersection of Beechmont Road and Nerang Murwillumbah Road to the north.
EARLIER @ 6.00 AM | The bushfire situation in the Hinterland has worsened overnight, with residents in the Lower Beechmont area urged to leave immediately.
Police have made an emergency declaration under the Public Safety Preservation Act for the blaze which is currently burning out of control and threatening homes.
The fire is travelling in a north-easterly direction towards Hellfire Pass and is currently impacting North Road, Freemans Road and Outlook Avenue.
“Conditions are now very dangerous, and firefighters may soon be unable to prevent the fire advancing,” QFES warned.
“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.”
The exclusion zone includes Nerang Murwillumba Road to the east, Armitage Creek to the west, the intersection of Beechmont Road and Mirani Street to the south and the intersection of Beechmont Road and Nerang Murwillumbah Road to the north.
Residents within the exclusion zone are urged to follow the advice of emergency services on the ground and leave the area now towards Nerang, if it is safe to do so.
An evacuation centre has been set up at Nerang Bicentennial Community Centre at 833 Southport Nerang Road.