Fire crews to spend night monitoring Carrara grass fire

LATEST @ 5.30 PM | Fire crews will spend the night monitoring a fire which has been burning in bushland at Carrara since late yesterday afternoon.

Thankfully the blaze has eased this afternoon after earlier coming close to back fences of homes in the suburb.

The fire is still burning in an area near Alison Road and Palm Meadows Drive, however fire crews have confirmed it is now under control.


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Neil Dover from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said smoke is the main issue.

“Given the type of vegetation that’s burning in that low lying area, there’s a lot of grassland and swamp that’s giving off a lot of smoke and this is quite evident in a lot of local neighbourhoods,” he said.

Residents are being urged to close their windows and doors as thick smoke continues to cloud the area.

“If suffering from a respiratory condition, keep medications close by,” QFES said.

“If residents are concerned their property is under threat, they are advised to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.”

Seven fire crews remain on scene.

EARLIER @ 2.30 PM | Gold Coast line trains have finally resumed after earlier being halted due to a raging bushfire and thick smoke in Carrara.

The trains were suspended between Coomera and Varsity Lakes around 10.30am, with commuters being warned to brace for delays of around an hour.

However, Translink confirmed a short time ago that services have now resumed as normal.

The bushfire continues to burn in an area near Alison Road and Palm Meadows Drive in Carrara, with water bombing aircraft brought in to help battle the flames.

As of 2.30pm Wednesday, 22 fire crews remain on scene, with another 7 en-route.

The blaze isn’t posing any threat to homes and there have been no forced evacuations, but some residents have decided to leave as a thick smoke haze blankets the suburb.

Residents in the area are being urged to close windows and doors and if suffering from a respiratory condition, keep medications close by.

EARLIER @ 11.00 AM | A large bushfire is continuing to burn in Carrara, causing chaos for morning commuters.

The blaze began late Tuesday afternoon and is currently burning near Alison Road and Palm Meadows Drive.

Residents in the area are being warned they may be affected by a thick smoke haze, which is expected to impact the area for the next couple of days.

As a result of the smoke, Translink confirmed a short time ago that Gold Coast line trains have been suspended between Coomera and Varsity Lakes.

They said it’s due to an incident requiring emergency services and warned anyone catching a train to expect delays of up to 60 minutes.

Emergency services are on site, with alternative transport being arranged to transport customers.

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As of 11.00am, 18 fire crews remain on scene battling the flames, with another 11 currently en-route.

Motorists travelling through the area are being urged to drive with caution and to conditions, while residents are being asked to close windows and doors.

“If suffering from a respiratory condition, keep medications close by,” QFES said.

“If residents are concerned their property is under threat, they are advised to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.”

EARLIER @ 6. 30 AM | The Gold Coast has woken to a thick smoke haze, due to two fires burning in the area.

Multiple crews are on scene battling a grass fire in Carrara, that broke out yesterday afternoon.

Fire fighters worked through the night to get it under control, but more crews have since been deployed this morning.

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It’s currently burning along Alison Road and Palm Meadows Drive, and is not believed to be affecting any properties.

Three crews are on scene undertaking an assessment of the area.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services warned that smoke may affect residents and motorists in the area.

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

Meantime, a hazard reduction burn is wrapping up in Reedy Creek as well, at the Observatory Park.

However, Rural Fire Queensland reports there are no crews on scene as of 4.13am, but there is still a smoke warning in place.

Smoke has blanketed the Gold Coast this morning, stretching as far as the seaway.

Smoke stretches over the Broadwater | PHOTO supplied

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