Fire crews bracing for nightmare day with severe conditions forecast

Efforts to contain a bushfire burning in the Hinterland have ramped up as firefighters brace for worsening conditions tomorrow.

Extra water bombing aircraft have been brought in today to douse the fire burning at Sarabah, south of Canungra.

Heavy machinery has also been used to create fire breaks ahead of tomorrow’s warm temperatures and strong winds.


Acting QFES Deputy Commissioner John Bolger says they are prepared for the fire to flare up again.

“We expect that to break out of those boundaries quite soon, we’ve got aircraft, we’ve got ground crew, we’ve got everything in place to meet the risk,” Deputy Commissioner Bolger told the ABC.

A Watch and Act warning remains in place with residents urged to remain vigilant however no properties are under threat at the moment.

The fire continues to burn in difficult terrain between Lamington National Park Road, Upper Coomera Road and Beechmont Road, Darlington Range Road, Sarabah.

Properties north of Toe Holt Road and west of Upper Coomera Road, in the vicinity of Limerick Drive and Climax Court, need to be ready to follow their bushfire survival plan.

Properties north east of Curtis Road, Sarabah, and in the vicinity of Lamington National Park Road, also need to be ready to follow their bushfire survival plan.

A Severe Fire Danger warning has been issued for the Gold Coast for tomorrow while other areas of the State including the Darling Downs and Granite Belt are facing an Extreme Fire Danger.

“What’s happening is a vigorous cold front will move across the state tomorrow,” Senior Forecaster Peter Otto said.

“Ahead of that cold front there’ll be hot, dry, windy conditions, so in those conditions we will expect severe to extreme fire dangers.”

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting northerly winds to hit 50 km/h while temperatures are expected to get up to 32 degrees in some areas.

“Those winds will make fires very difficult to control, so that’s why the fire dangers are going to get up to the severe and extreme rating,” Mr Otto said.


Image: Rachel Freeman

Meantime the total fire ban for the Gold Coast, Scenic Rim and Logan has been extended until midnight Sunday.

The change will bring cooler temps across the weekend but winds are expected to remain strong.

Saturday is also expected to bring a dust haze across the Gold Coast.