Fire crews continue to battle blaze in Gold Coast hinterland

UPDATE @ 8.30 AM | The alert level for a bushfire burning in the Gold Coast Hinterland has been upgraded from Advice Level to Watch and Act.

The blaze is currently burning in difficult terrain between Lamington National Park Road, Upper Coomera Road and Beechmont Road in Sarabah.

There are no properties under direct threat at this stage, however nearby residents are being told to be ready to enact their bushfire survival plans with hot and dry conditions expected to make matters worst over the coming days.


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“Properties north of Toe Holt Road and west of Upper Coomera Road, in the vicinity of Limerick Drive and Climax Court, need to be ready to follow their bushfire survival plan,” QFES warned.

“Properties north east of Curtis Road and in the vicinity of Lamington National Park Road need to also be ready to follow their bushfire survival plan.”

Extreme fire conditions are expected in parts of the south east today, with firies currently monitoring at least 15 blazes burning across the state.

Firefighters have warned that they may not be able to protect every property, and have told residents in the affected areas that they “should not expect a firefighter at your door.”

A heavy smoke haze is currently affecting parts of the Gold Coast, with residents urged to close all windows and doors and to keep respiratory medications close by.

EARLIER @ September 5, 6.45 AM | AUTHORITIES remain on high alert as a bushfire continues to burn in Sarabah, south of Canungra.

Dozens of crews have been working throughout the night to try and extinguish the flames, which are burning near homes to the East of Lamington National Park Road, north of Darlington Range Road, south of Toe Holt Road and near Rymera Road.

It’s understood the blaze is travelling in a southerly direction, with more fire crews on their way to the scene this morning.

The alert level for the bushfire has been downgraded from a Watch and Act to Advice level but residents are still being urged to remain vigilant as conditions could worsen throughout the day.

Meanwhile, a fire continues to burn in Frazerview in the Scenic Rim and also at Clagiraba on the Gold Coast.

Residents are being warned they may be affected by a heavy smoke haze, and are being urged to close all doors and windows and keep respiratory medication close by.

Hot and windy conditions are expected to peak across the south east tomorrow, before easing over the weekend.

A local fire ban also remains in place for the coast until midnight Friday.

EARLIER @ 8.30PM: The alert level for a bushfire burning in the Gold Coast Hinterland has been downgraded from a Watch and Act to Advice level but residents are being urged to remain vigilant.

More than 60 firefighters have been battling the blaze at Sarabah, south of Canungra.

The bushfire is burning east of Lamington National Park Road, north of Darlington Range Road, south of Toe Holt Road and near Rymera Road, Sarabah.

QFES says it is travelling slowly in a southerly direction towards Tabletop Rd.

No properties are currently under threat however the fire is continuing to burn in difficult terrain making work difficult for firefighters.

Crews will remain on scene throughout the night extinguishing fire near homes.

Residents are being warned that the situation could change and they should remain alert.

Severe fire conditions are expected again on Thursday with warm temps and dry winds.

Meantime the situation in the Scenic Rim has also eased with a fire burning near Frazerview also downgraded.

The fire burning in the vicinity of Parsons Gate Road and Horan Road has been contained.

Crews remain on scene this evening.

EARLIER @ 1.50 PM by Shanee Dobeson| Fire crews are struggling to get the upper hand on an out-of-control bushfire burning in the Gold Coast hinterland, with residents being told to enact their bushfire survival plan.

A “Watch and Act” warning has been issued for the blaze, which continues to burn in difficult terrain between Lamington National Park Road and Upper Coomera Road in Sarabah, south of Canungra.

Queensland Fire and Emergency services say properties north of Toe Holt Road and west of Upper Coomera Road, in the vicinity of Limerick Drive and Climax Court, need to be ready to follow their bushfire survival plan.

Properties north east of Curtis Road in Sarabah, and in the vicinity of Lamington National Park Road are also being urged to be ready to follow their bushfire survival plan.

There are no properties under direct threat at this stage, however due to the concerning fire conditions residents are being told to be prepared to leave.

A “Watch and Act” warning has also been issued for a second bushfire burning in Frazerview, in the scenic rim, with conditions getting worse.

The fast-moving blaze is travelling from Horan Road, Parsons Gate Road and Radunz Road in a northerly direction.

Firies say it is expected to impact the area north of Parsons Gate Road and could have a significant impact on the community.

Residents are being advised to evacuate in an easterly direction towards Kalbar.

EARLIER @ 12.30 PM | DOZENS of firefighters are battling a ferocious bushfire burning in Sarabah, south of Canungra, with residents in the area being told to prepare to leave.

The bushfire warning has been updated to “Watch and Act” as the large blaze continues to burn in difficult terrain between Sarabah Road and Upper Coomera Road.

Queensland Fire and Emergency services say the eastern side of the fire near Rowe Road is travelling south easterly towards Upper Coomera Road, while the western side of the fire near Curtis Road is burning in a north easterly direction.

At least 60 firefighters are on scene desperately working to contain the blaze, with firefighting aircraft also called in to provide additional support.

QFES says firefighters may not be able to protect every property, with residents told to “not expect a firefighter at your door.”

“You need to be ready to follow your bushfire survival plan. 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.”

Motorists are also being urged to drive with caution in the area, with firies working alongside Sarabah Road, Upper Coomera Road, Rowe Road and Toe Holt Road.

Residents are asked to close all windows and doors with lots of smoke in the area.

UPDATE @ September 4, 10.00AM | The warning for the large bushfire burning at Sarabah, south of Canungra, has just been updated to “Watch and Act”.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services confirmed a short time ago that residents in the affected area should “prepare to leave”.

“Currently as at 10am Wednesday 4 September, a fire burning in difficult terrain is travelling from Sarabah Road in an easterly direction towards Toe Holt Road and Rowe Road,” QFES said.

It’s understood the fire is likely to impact Sarabah Road, Toe Holt Road and Rowe Road.

At least 15 fire crews are on scene desperately working to contain the blaze, but firefighters may not be able to protect every property.

“You should not expect a firefighter at your door,” QFES warned.

“You need to be ready to follow your bushfire survival plan. 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.”

Residents are reminded a total fire ban is in place for the Gold Coast from today until Friday.

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, finalise it now so you are 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 you leave the area.
• Advise family and friends of your plan.
• 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.
• Pack important documents and essential items (e.g., passports, birth certificates, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing) in case you need to leave the area.
• Put on protective clothing (e.g., a long-sleeved cotton shirt, boots with thick soles).
• Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
• Bring pets inside; restrain them with a leash, a cage, or inside a secure room; and provide them with plenty of water.
• Take action to protect your livestock.
• Move flammable materials such as doormats, wheelie bins, and outdoor furniture away from your house.
• Fill containers such as your bath, sinks, and buckets with water so you have access to drinking water and firefighting water.
• Close windows and doors, sealing the gaps under doors and screens with wet towels to keep smoke out of the house.

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe your property is under threat.

EARLIER @ September 3, 5.30PM | Residents in the Gold Coast hinterland are being urged to close all windows and doors as fire crews work to control a bushfire in Sarabah, south of Canungra.

The blaze, which began on Monday afternoon, is burning between Lamington National Park Road, Toe Holt Road, Sarabah Road and Rowe Road.

A Queensland Fire and Rescue spokesperson confirmed firefighters will continue conducting backburning operations in the area overnight, including along Saddleback Ridge.

Sarabah, Tamborine Mountain and Canungra will be affected by a smoke haze, with residents in the area urged to keep respiratory medications by and to close all windows and doors.

Thankfully, no properties are under threat at this stage, however if you fear your property is under threat call triple zero immediately.

If you believe you or your property is under threat, call Triple Zero 000 immediately.

Stay up-to-date by visiting the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website at ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map.

For bushfire preparation tips, visit ruralfire.qld.gov.au/BushFire_Safety.

For information on road closures, call 13 19 40 or visit qldtraffic.qld.gov.au.

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