MORE than 100 bushfires are continuing to wreak havoc across Queensland, six days after the emergency started.
A ‘Leave Now’ order remains in place for Deepwater, Baffle Creek, Rules Beach and Oyster Creek with fire crews still desperately working to extinguish the out-of-control flames.
Residents in the area are being told it’s “too dangerous” to return to their homes.
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“An extremely large and intense fire is spreading in a southerly direction towards Coast Road,” QFES says.
“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”
Fires in Deepwater
Firefighters are conducting backburning operations in the vicinity of Rules Beach Road, with people in the area being warned they will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.
A number of other regions including Broken River, Winfield, Captain Creek, Carmila, Kowari Gorge, Mount Christian and Dalrymple Heights are being told to “prepare to leave”.
A bushfire also continues to burn on North Stradbroke Island, with residents in the area urged to “keep up to date and decide what actions you will take if the situation changes.
“Currently as at 8am Friday 30 November, there is a bushfire in the vicinity of Eighteen Mile Swamp, south of Alfred Martin Way, near Main Beach,” QFES said.
“Firefighters will continue to strengthen containment lines throughout the day.
“Smoke will affect surrounding areas, including nearby islands and the mainland.”
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk issued a stern warning to Queenslanders on Friday morning, revealing the bushfire danger is far from over.
“We’re not out of this yet, its going to go on for four more days,” Ms Palaszczuk declared.
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She said “the whole of Queensland is going to feel this heatwave” and urged residents, especially the elderly, to stay inside if possible.
“Even SE Queensland is going to feel this heatwave come Monday and Tuesday,” the Premier said.
“Out West we are going to see unprecedented temperatures on Sunday. At Longreach we’re hearing of temperatures in excess of 45 degrees.
“No one is going to escape this heatwave.”
Rockhampton is tipped to reach 42C on Monday, while Mackay is looking at 36C.
It’s understood an extra 100 firefighters from both NSW and the ACT will touch down in Qld today to help battle the flames.