Fires flare up on the Gold Coast as temperatures soar [photos]

UPDATE 3:20PM | SIX fire trucks remain at the scene of a blaze burning close to the M1 at Mudgeeraba.

The fire flared up in 30-degree heat just before 11am and is burning through thick vegetation on the western side the motorway. Scroll down for photos and videos.

Thick smoke blanketed the motorway during the height of the fire, reducing traffic to a crawl in both directions.


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Although the fire is burning close to homes, it is posing no threat to property.

Visibility is slowly improving on the motorway as firefighters contain the blaze and dampen the flames.

Meanwhile, five crews monitoring a blaze burning near Pimpama have been stood down.

Seven crews remain on the scene monitoring the fire which is now burning safely within containment lines.

UPDATE 2:00PM | FIRE fighters are on the scene of two large blazes burning at either end of the Gold Coast.

Six fire crews are fighting a grass fire which is burning close to the M1 at Mudgeeraba.

The fire flared up along Mudgeeraba Road, near Tallai Road, just before 11am.

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Flames are burning close to homes, however, the fire is not posing any threat at this stage.

Thick smoke is being fanned across the M1, reducing both north and southbound traffic to a crawl through the area.

In some areas, motorists have been forced to come to a complete stop as the smoke reduces visibility to less than a metre.

Police have urged motorists to proceed through the area with a high degree of caution.

Thick smoke being fanned across the M1 at Mudgeeraba PHOTO: Erin Godfrey

Thick smoke being fanned across the M1 at Mudgeeraba PHOTO: Erin Godfrey

Thick smoke reduces M1 traffic to a crawl at Mudgeeraba PHOTO: Kayla Davies

The fire at Mudgeeraba is creating a smoke hazard for motorists on the M1 PHOTO: Kayla Davies

Thick smoke reduces M1 traffic to a crawl at Mudgeeraba PHOTO: Kayla Davies

Thick smoke reduces M1 traffic to a crawl at Mudgeeraba PHOTO: Kayla Davies

Thick smoke being fanned across the M1 at Mudgeeraba PHOTO: Erin Godfrey

Thick smoke being fanned across the M1 at Mudgeeraba PHOTO: Erin Godfrey

Meanwhile, twelve fire trucks remain on the scene of a bushfire near Pimpama which broke out around 2pm on Friday.

The fire is now safely burning within containment lines near Crystal Creek and Galt roads at Willow Vale.

Crews conducted backburning operations to control the fire overnight and will remain at the scene today.

The blaze, which has now been burning for eleven hours, has produced a thick smoke haze over the area.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Service spokesperson said the fire was not threatening any property.

The blazes on both ends of the Gold Coast are burning under “Very High” fire danger conditions.

Residents in the affected areas have been advised to shut their windows and doors, while those who suffer from respiratory illnesses are being told to keep their medications close by.

If residents are concerned their property is under threat, they are urged to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

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