Smoke haze blankets Gold Coast as fire fighters battle northern blazes

Gold Coasters have woken up to a thick smoke haze this morning, caused by several fires burning up north.

North-westerly winds are currently pushing smoke our way, as Queensland Fire and Emergency Services battle a blaze in Logan and large bushfire on Fraser Island.

There’s a small vegetation fire burning along Beaudesert Road in Parkinson, within the Logan area, with three crews currently on scene trying to get that under control.


It broke out just before 4.30am, but fire fighters were still there after 6.00am.

While the blaze at Fraser Island is continuing, with more than 80,000 hectares burnt there over recent days.

The Large Air Tanker (LAT) has been used to fight that fire, with QFES also preparing more resources to continue the fight.

It comes as fire conditions are set to worsen over the coming days, with a total fire ban extended for the Gold Coast through to midnight on Monday.

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QFES Commissioner Greg Leach says firefighters are prepared to deal with increased fire activity throughout the whole state over the next week as well.

“A run of hot and dry conditions is exacerbating the bushfire risk to Queensland, and this is likely to continue until the state receives sufficient rain,” Mr Leach said.

“While the weather is outside of our control, QFES does have the resources it needs to respond to emergencies when called upon.

“We have seen this at K’gari (Fraser Island), where significant firefighting efforts continue despite the challenges firefighters face from the terrain and unfavourable weather.

“Our personnel are on the ground, in addition to the 10 aircraft on standby – including the Large Air Tanker (LAT) – and support from Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) and the Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation.

“Waterbombing aircraft have dropped more than 1 million litres of water and gel on K’gari since Friday 27 November, when QFES took over control of the incident from QPWS,” he said.