NSW firefighters called in to help battle raging Qld flames

UPDATE @ November 27: More than 800 residents have been forced to evacuate their homes as an out-of-control bushfire burns north of Bundaberg in Queensland.

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service has sent 100 firefighters to Queensland’s central coast to help battle the flames, which are posing a serious threat to properties in Round Hill, Finch Hatton, Undullah, Deepwater, Baffle Creek, Rules Beach and Oyster Creek.

For the first time in Queensland history, a large air tanker has also been deployed from NSW to assist with water bombing efforts in the area.


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The bushfire warning level remains at Watch and Act, with residents being urged to follow their bushfire survival plan.

“If you have been told to leave your home DO NOT RETURN, conditions are too dangerous,” QFES said.

“If you’re leaving your home ensure you take essential items such as important documents & medication.”

High winds and hot temperatures are only expected to make the situation worse today, with Qld Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirming a disaster declaration had been made for the Gladstone area.

“Emergency Services Minister ⁦Craig Crawford⁩ has signed a disaster declaration for Gladstone area – it enables emergency services to compel people to move (or stay) to protect people and property,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

The area includes Baffle Creek Catchment, Wartburg, Deepwater, Agnes Water, Round Hill, Miriam Vale and Bororen.

EARLIER @ November 26: AN EMERGENCY situation has been declared in Blackwater as an out-of-control bushfire burns north of Bundaberg in Queensland.

Queensland Fire and Emergency issued an urgent alert on Monday morning, urging residents in the area to evacuate now.

“Currently as at 6.25am Monday 26 November, a dangerous and unpredictable fire is travelling in a south, south-west direction towards Deepwater,” QFES said.

“It is impacting the Deepwater community now. The fire could have a significant IMPACT on the community.

“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.”

Residents are being advised to evacuate the township in a westerly direction towards Miriam Vale using Tableland Road and Fingerboard Road.

An evacuation centre has been set up at the Miriam Vale Community Centre at 41 Blomfield Street.

Fire crews are desperately working to contain the raging fire, but firefighters have stressed they “may not be able to protect every property.”

The exclusion zone includes areas within Deepwater Drive and Deepwater Road,  Matchbox Road intersections including Matchbox Road and Capricornia Drive, Seabreeze Road, and has now been extended from the mouth of Baffle Creek to the junction of Oyster Creek, along Oyster Creek to Maude Hill Road.

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Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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