Water bombers called in as bushfire burns out of control

Water bombing aircraft have been called in to bring a bushfire in the Toowoomba region under control.
Water bombing aircraft have been called in to bring a bushfire in the Toowoomba region under control. Adam Hourigan

UPDATE 5PM: A bushfire near Wattle Ridge south of Toowoomba continues to escalate with fire crews desperately trying to contain the blaze.

Up to 40 homes have been evacuated, according to reports. Residents in the area are being urged to leave their homes.

If residents require an evacuation point they are advised to go to the Millmerran Sports Centre on Commons St in Millmerran.

The fire is expected to impact on the Wattle Ridge community and there is a chance that some property may be lost.

Power, water and mobile phone supplies may be lost in the area over the next several hours.

More than 14 crews are trying to extinguish the fire which is believed to have started last night.

The fire has since burnt more than 50 hectares of vegetation.

Fifteen fire crews and three aircraft are working to contain the blaze but firefighters will not be able to protect every affected property.

Regions affected include residents in the vicinity of the Gore Highway, south of Captains Mountain, Flamingo Road, Roselle Road and Peacock Rd Cypress Garden.

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The Gore Highway has since reopened after it was closed earlier today due to smoke.

Drivers are warned to take caution if driving in the area.

Hot weather and windy conditions are making it difficult for fire crews with water bombing expected to take place later this afternoon.

Residents are advised to take caution and stay aware of the situation.

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1PM: A large bushfire southwest of Toowoomba is no longer threatening properties, but fire crews remain on high alert.

Residents near Wattle Ridge and Cyprus Gardens, south of Millmerran, are being urged by the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service to "stay aware of the situation".

The fire has burnt out about 50 hectares of vegetation.

The Gore Hwy has reopened but smoke is affecting visibility.

Motorists are asked to drive to the conditions.

10.30AM: Two properties are under threat from a bushfire burning near the Gore Hwy southwest of Millmerran.

Three fire crews are currently on scene attempting to protect the at risk properties.

The Gore Hwy has also been closed near Cypress Avenue due to the large amount of smoke in the region.

The fire which is believed to have started late yesterday is said to be ten acres in size.

The fire has crossed the Gore Hwy, with spot-fires breaking out 50-100m ahead of the fire front.

A Queensland Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said the fire was currently burning in an inaccessible area making it difficult for crews.

She said this morning it was a slow burning fire which has already burned an area of around four hectares.

8AM: A grassfire burning near the Gore Hwy west of Millmerran will be monitored today to ensure it doesn't pose a threat to any property.

A Queensland Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said crews were called to the Wattle Ridge scene about 8pm yesterday.

She said this morning it was a slow-burning fire that had burned an area of about four hectares.



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