Investigations underway after fire rips through Burleigh Headland

Authorities have spent the night monitoring Burleigh Headland after a ferocious fire ripped through the popular Gold Coast tourist spot.

Fire crews were first called to the National Park around 1.00pm on Sunday after receiving reports a blaze had broken out in bushland.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Service spokesperson told myGC dozens of units were called to battle the flames, which were being flared by strong winds.


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Water bombing aircraft were also called in to assist, with the location of the fire making it hard for crews to access from the ground.

A smoke warning was issued for Burleigh Heads, Tallebudgera, Palm Beach and surrounding areas, with residents being told to close their windows and doors as plumes of thick smoke hovered over the suburbs, but the warning has now been cancelled.

The blaze continues to burn this morning but isn’t posing a threat.

“The bushfire continues to burn safely within containment lines,” Queensland Environment said.

“A small area is burning amongst boulders below Jebbribillum Lookout. Ocean View walking track is still closed, however, the rainforest circuit has been reopened for public use.”

Investigations into what started the fire are continuing.