UPDATE @ September 14, 11.00AM | Queensland firefighters are on high alert, with fears dangerous weather conditions could flare up blazes across the state today.
Residents in the hinterland are being told to stay informed, with a bushfire burning at Sarabah currently at ADVICE level.
Queensland Fire and Emergency services are urging locals in Binna Burra, Illinbah, Lower Beechmont and Numinbah Valley to keep up to date and decide what actions they will take if the situation changes.
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However, the Lower Beechmont Rural Fire Brigade says things are looking promising following a relatively calm night.
“Things have been quite overnight with the both fires in the area remaining subdued. The fire in Numinbah Valley is still contained within control lines,” the Rural Fire Service said.
Crews are continuing to monitor hotspots in the area, but have revealed they’re scaling back their activities today.
Residents are being reminded a Total Fire Ban remains in place until next Saturday.
EARLIER @ September 13, 5.30PM | Water bombing aircraft have been busy attacking a fire that flared up in Lamington National Park today with the threat easing.
Residents at Sarabah are now advised to ‘stay informed’ after an earlier Watch and Act alert was downgraded.
The fire has been burning in a north-westerly direction from Pyramid Creek in Lamington National Park towards Lamington National Park Road.
QFES warns the fire is likely to impact Lamington National Park Road, north of Kamarun Lookout Road and Sarabah Road however it’s not posing any immediate threat.
Forecast strong winds have again been hampering fire fighting efforts.
Winds have been gusting at almost 60 km/h this afternoon as a change moved through, with those strong winds expected to continue into the night before easing.
It was also warm with temperatures near the Coast hitting 29 degrees while Canungra recorded a top of 28 before the change saw temps drop.
Prime Minister Scott Minister was in the Hinterland today to see the devastation first hand.
He and wife Jenny inspected the damage from a helicopter before hitting the ground in Binna Burra to meet affected residents.
He later visited emergency service personnel at the staging area in Canungra.
Mr Morrison says he’s been personally touched by what has happened in the Hinterland.
“The area we’re in, I remember camping there when I was about 17, many,many years ago with my brother and a few other mates,” Mr Morrison said.
“This is a tourist area, one of the most beautiful parts of the country and it’ll be some time before these areas can open up again and the visitors can come back through.”
Mr Morrison praised the work of firefighters and other emergency workers as well as the resilience of the community.
“You walk into a community that’s been devastated by flood and fire what I notice is the people.
“I see great sadness and indomitable spirit.
“The charred remains of building or the mud soaked carpets of people’s homes. But what I see are the people.”
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was also in the Hinterland earlier today to thank fire fighters for their efforts.
The Federal Government has today announced additional help for those affected by the fires.
The Disaster Recovery Allowance has been activated, giving people directly impacted 13 weeks of payment equivalent to the maximum rate of Newstart.
The payment will be available from Monday.
EARLIER @ 12.00PM by Shanee Dobeson | Residents in the hinterland are being warned to “prepare to leave”, with fears a bushfire burning in the Lamington National Park could soon worsen.
The warning level for the blaze, which is currently making its way towards Sarabah, has just been upgraded from ADVICE to WATCH AND ACT.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services say the fire is travelling in a north-westerly direction from Pyramid Creek in Lamington National Park towards Lamington National Park Road.
The fire is likely to impact Lamington National Park Road, north of Kamarun Lookout Road and Sarabah Road.
Crews are desperately working to contain the flames, however firefighters have warned they may not be able to protect every property and have told residents to be ready to follow their bushfire survival plans.
People leaving the area are being urged to head north along Lamington National Park Road to Moriarty Park on Coburg Road at Canungra.
A separate ADVICE warning also remains in place for residents of O’Reilly and Cainbable.
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.