Firies battling grass fire on M1 as conditions worsen

A grass fire has broken out on the side of the Pacific Motorway this morning.

Firefighters were called to the blaze near Exit 75 at Worongary just after 10.10am.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesman confirmed two crews are on scene and another three are currently en-route to help battle the flames.


Drivers are being warned to drive with caution through the area, whilst locals are also being urged to close their windows.

“Residents should close their doors and windows and keep medication close by if suffering from a respiratory condition,” QFES warned.

“Motorists should use caution and drive to conditions.”

The blaze comes as firies issue a warning to residents to be on high alert with severe and extreme fire conditions expected across the state over the coming days.

It’s understood the threat of hot temperatures, strong winds and tinderbox conditions are expected to peak tomorrow and could continue for several days.

A local fire ban remains in place for the Gold Coast and Scenic Rim region until Sunday.

“Communities along the coast south of Ingham right down to the Gold Coast and west to Roma and Stanthorpe are expected to experience this fresh round of heightened fire danger,” Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Acting Commissioner Mike Wassing said.

“Conditions will be at their worst on Friday and Saturday when a mix of strong winds, low humidity and hot temperatures are expected to exacerbate the bushfire risk.

Mr Wassing is urging locals to take precautions and avoid activities that could start fires.

“Residents should not use outdoor machinery and power tools near vegetation as one stray spark is all it takes to start a bushfire,” he said.

“This includes the use of lawn mowers, slashers, tractors, grinders and welders.”