PEREGIAN Beach residents on the Sunshine Coast have been forced to flee their homes as firefighters battle a fast-moving bushfire in the area.
Waterbombing helicopters have been brought in to battle the blaze, burning in an area bounded by Woodland Drive to Stumers Creek Road, David Low Way and the Sunshine Coast Motorway.
Queensland Police have declared an emergency situation in that area, with residents within that zone told to leave immediately and seek shelter in the nearby Noosa Leisure Centre.
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A leave now has been issued by emergency services with the fire expected to have a significant impact.
“Currently as at 8.45am Wednesday 23 October, a fast moving fire is travelling in a northerly direction from the eastern side of David Low Way towards Lorikeet Drive, Peregian Beach,” the latest warning reads.
“It is expected to impact Pitta Street, Stint Street, Petrel Street, Greenshank Street and residents south of Greenshank Street on Lorikeet Drive and Oriole Avenue by 9.00am. The fire could have a significant impact on the community.
“Fire 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. Power, water, and mobile phone service may be lost.
“People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.”
LEAVE NOW: Peregian Beach bushfire as at 8:45am Wed 23 Oct. More: https://t.co/1BalPS1W82
— Qld Fire & Emergency (@QldFES) October 22, 2019
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It comes just a month after a massive bushfire tore through the same area, destroying one home.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk address the issue in state parliament this morning, urging residents to pay attention to the warnings being issued.
“My thoughts go out this morning to residents at Peregian Beach on the Sunshine Coast who are facing another frightening ordeal as a bushfire flares in the area,” the Premier said.
“We all understand that this latest fire comes just a month after the last fire that saw police and the Fire and Emergency Service undertake a significant evacuation in the same location.
“I want to assure the residents of this area that QFES are on the scene and will do everything they can to keep people safe.
“I know after the ordeal of September people in this area, residents will be worried for their properties.
“I urge people in this affected area to listen to the advice and if you need to leave, please take that advice and do so.”
Police have declared an emergency situation at Coolum Beach (Peregian) in relation to a bushfire. Residents are urged to self-evacuate – for anyone outside the zone, please avoid traveling anywhere near the area. #QldFires
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