LATEST @ August 29, 12.30 PM | Queensland fire crews remain on scene at a large bushfire in the Gold Coast hinterland.
The blaze is burning west of Springbrook Road, near the Springbrook Visitor Centre, south of the intersection of Pine Creek Road.
Crews spent the night backburning in the vicinity of the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk and are continuing to do so today.
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As a result, the walk has been closed to the public, while the camping ground on the western side of the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk is also closed due to the backburning activity.
QFES has warned people in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.
“Residents are asked to close windows and doors and if suffering from a respiratory condition, keep medications close by,” they said in a statement.
“Motorists should drive with caution and to conditions.”
Thankfully no properties are under direct threat at this stage, however residents are urged to call Triple Zero immediately if they believe their property is under threat.
EARLIER @ August 28, 1.00 PM | The warning level for a large bushfire in Springbrook has this afternoon been upgraded to WATCH AND ACT, with fears conditions could quickly deteriorate.
The blaze is currently burning in bushland west of the Springbrook Road and Pine Creek Road intersection and is travelling in an easterly direction towards the Springbrook Road and Pine Creek Road intersection.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Service says crews are working to contain the fire but firefighters may not be able to protect every property.
“You should not expect a firefighter at your door,” QFES warned.
“You need to be ready to follow your bushfire survival plan. If you do not have a plan, or intend to leave, you should be ready to leave the area because the situation could get worse quickly.”
They say people in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.
Waterbombing aircraft have also been brought in to help crews battle the flames, with police urging motorists to avoid the area.
Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe your property is under threat.
EARLIER @ 10.30 AM | An advice level warning has been issued this morning for a bushfire burning in Springbrook, in the Gold Coast hinterland.
The blaze broke out late yesterday afternoon and continues to burn near Springbrook Road
“Currently as at 10.15am Friday 28 August, a large bushfire is burning near Springbrook Road, near the Springbrook Visitor Centre, south of the intersection of Pine Creek Road,” Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said.
At least 22 fire crews are on scene working to contain the fire, with residents in the area being urged to monitor the situation.
“You need to keep up to date and decide what actions you will take if the situation changes,” QFES warned.
Thankfully no homes are under threat at this stage, but people in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.
“Residents should close windows and doors and keep medications close by if suffering from a respiratory condition,” QFES said.
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, 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.