Firefighters battle large cane fire on the northern Gold Coast

UPDATE 3:45 PM | IT’S raining hot ash over northern Gold Coast suburbs as firefighters work to contain a blaze burning in a cane field at Ormeau.

It’s understood a vehicle was dumped in a field off Eggersdorf Road and set alight shortly after midday on Thursday.

Fuelled by unseasonably hot temperatures and gusty northerly winds, the flames quickly spread through the cane.


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Firefighters are trying to contain the blaze which is throwing a large amount of smoke and burning ash into the air.

Large pieces of black ash are falling on people at Dreamworld, and are raining down on homes in Upper Coomera, Pimpama, and parts of Hope Island.

“I am at dreamworld and loads of ash is falling here … massive black bits,” one woman wrote on Facebook.

“I am getting ash down in Hope Island,” wrote another while others reported ash “falling everywhere” in Upper Coomera and Pimpama.

“It’s noticeable in my pool, that was sparkling clean this morning,” one resident wrote.

Authorities are urging residents to close their doors and windows and to keep respiratory medications close by.

Motorists are also asked to drive through the area with caution, with thick smoke affecting some local roads.

If you feel your property is under threat, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

FIRST at 2:30 PM | FIREFIGHTERS are battling a blaze which has broken out in a cane field at Ormeau, on the northern Gold Coast.

Multiple Queensland Fire and Emergency Service crews are on the scene, working to contain the fire which flared up in severe fire weather early on Thursday afternoon.

The fire is currently burning near Eggersdorf and Maidenwell Roads and is producing a lot of smoke in the area.

Flames are being fanned by hot north-easterly winds which are currently gusting at 40km/h at the Seaway.

At this stage, there is no threat to property however thick smoke is causing a hazard on some local roads.

Motorists are being urged to proceed with caution and be mindful of firefighters working on the side of the road.

Residents in the area are being told to close their windows and doors, and those suffering from a respiratory condition should keep their medications close.

A severe fire weather warning remains in place for the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Maranoa and Warrego, Darling Downs and Granite Belt and Southeast Coast forecast districts.

If you feel your property is under threat, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.