UPDATE 9:00 PM | A CONTROLLED burn-off at Coomera sent local residents, boaties and business owners into a spin on Sunday night after flames came awfully close to the Gold Coast Marine Precinct.
The controlled burn started around 7pm, in a sugar cane field off Beattie Road.
The flames grew so large, they could be seen from several kilometres away. See the photos below.
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It was initially feared the blaze had engulfed boats moored near The Boatworks, sending boaties and business owners racing to the scene to check on their property.
Thankfully, however, we can confirm no boats or property have been impacted by the fire at the Marine Precinct.
“In the 10 years we have been watching the cane fields burn every year, we have never seen it get so big and close to the boats,” one local resident told myGC.
Multiple fire crews are on the scene, although no property is under threat.
Photos obtained by myGC showed a fireball so big and bright, it was impossible to see exactly what was burning.