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Beenleigh Marketplace evacuated as bushfire threatens area

UPDATE @ 3.30 PM | A bushfire burning in Beenleigh has just been downgraded from Watch and Act to Advice level.

The blaze is currently burning near Reisers Road and George Street, to the west of the Pacific Motorway.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Service spokesperson said the fire is contained and currently posing no threat to any properties, however there is a large amount of smoke in the area.


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“Smoke is also affecting the Pacific Motorway, so residents should drive with caution and to conditions,” QFES warned.

Residents are being urged to keep up to date and decide what actions they will take if the situation gets worse.

EARLIER @ 2.30 PM | The Beenleigh Marketplace has been evacuated as a dangerous bushfire threatens the area.

Centre Management has confirmed the shopping centre has been closed with a Prepare To Leave bushfire warning currently in place.

“Beenleigh Marketplace is currently being evacuated and is now closed due to a nearby bushfire,” the centre said in a post on Facebook.

“The safety of our customers and retailers is our highest priority.”

The blaze is currently burning near Reisers Road and George Street, to the west of the Pacific Motorway.

It’s travelling in a westerly direction towards the railway line and Beenleigh Marketplace, with locals being warned to be ready to follow their bushfire survival plans.

Multiple fire crews are on scene working to contain the flames.

EARLIER @ 1.45 PM | The bushfire warning for a blaze burning in Beenleigh has just been upgraded to Watch and Act, with people being told to Prepare to Leave

The fire is currently burning near Reisers Road and George Street, to the west of the Pacific Motorway.

It’s travelling in a westerly direction towards the railway line and Beenleigh Marketplace, with locals being warned to be ready to follow their bushfire survival plans.

“If you do not have a plan, or intend to leave, you should be ready to leave the area because the situation could get worse quickly,” QFES warned.

Multiple fire crews are on scene working to contain the flames, but firefighters say they may not be able to protect every property and that locals should “not expect a firefighter at your door”.

People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

EARLIER @ 12.30 PM | Fire crews are currently at the scene of a bushfire burning in Beenleigh.

The blaze erupted near Reisers Road, to the west of the Pacific Motorway just after midday on Wednesday.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency spokesperson has confirmed multiple crews are on scene working to contain the flames.

“The fire is not directly impacting properties at this time,” the spokesperson said.

Residents in the area are being urged to “keep up to date and decide what actions you will take if the situation changes.”

People in the area will be affected by smoke, with locals urged to close all windows and doors.

Motorists travelling on the M1 are also being urged to drive to conditions, with smoke likely to reduce visibility.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:

• Listen to your local radio station or visit the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website for regular updates.
• If you have a bushfire survival plan, refer to it now and be ready to follow it.
• If you do not have a bushfire survival plan, or if your plan is to leave, identify where you will go if the situation changes.
• Close windows and doors to minimise smoke exposure.
• If you suffer from a respiratory condition, keep your medication close by.
• Drive with caution in low visibility conditions.
• Contact your neighbours to see if they need help preparing for the bushfire.
• Consider finding your essential items (e.g., identification documents, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing such as a long-sleeved cotton shirt and trousers, and boots) in case you need to leave.
• Consider what you will do to protect your pets and livestock.
• Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
• Advise family and friends of your intended actions if the situation changes.

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It’s right behind the Centrelink and Employment offices. Currently the wind is blowing all of the smoke straight into businesses and the Beenleigh town centre. It’s raining ash.

My Dada got evacuated