A FIRE has broken out in the centre of the M1 on the southern Gold Coast this afternoon, sparking long traffic delays.
It’s believed a cigarette thrown from a car may have sparked the blaze near Robina Exit 82 at around 2.30pm.
Towering flames quickly took hold of the dry vegetation, sending thick smoke billowing across the highway.
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It’s sparked extensive delays for both north and southbound traffic, with queues north to Merrimac and south to West Burleigh.
Motorists have been advised to proceed through the area with caution.
The fire comes days before hot and blustery bushfire conditions sweep across the coast this weekend.
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