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Firefighters battle to save Rocky homes

A large fast moving bushfire threatens houses on Rockhampton's outskirts.
A large fast moving bushfire threatens houses on Rockhampton's outskirts. Chris Ison

FIREFIGHTERS continue to battle a large bushfire threatening property at Rockhampton on Saturday night.

The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service said Rockhampton-Yeppoon Road had been closed until the danger passed and motorists were asked to avoid the area to allow emergency vehicles clear access.

Property owners in the Lakes Creek area and at the base of Mount Archer who were earlier relocated have been advised that they can return to their homes.

No details were available at 9pm on any property damage or loss, however the QFRS said early information suggested no homes had been destroyed in the fire.

Emergency services will remain on scene through the night to battle the blaze and work to protect properties in the area.

Residents should continue to be prepared to enact their bushfire plans and take advice from authorities. 

Earlier there were fears several homes had been lost after the fire in the Berserker Ranges flared about 2.30pm in the Frenchville, Koongal and Lakes Creek areas, sparking multiple evacuations.

Up to six horses may have been burnt as a fire with towering flames raced across a large paddock at Cooper Street.

The bridge at the Teys Brothers meatworks at Nerimbera was reported to be on fire at 5.50pm.

At 4.15pm the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) had advised residents which back onto bushland in the suburbs of Frenchville, Koongal, Lakes Creek and other areas at Mt Archer to leave the area if the path was clear to do so.

The QFRS had warned the large fast moving fire was travelling west-north-westerly toward structures on the fringe of Frenchville, Koongal and Lakes Creek.

The fire impacted on Frenchville, Koongal and Lakes Creek communities and the QFRS said some structures had been feared lost.

A number of families were evacuated from Peltophorum Street, Koongal and in the  Cooper Street and Rockonia Road areas.

The QFRS said power, water and mobile phone supplies could be lost in the area for several hours. 

The QFRS said well prepared and defended homes could offer safety during the fire and may be defendable. 

Rockhampton was blanketed by a thick plume of smoke last night with ash falling over large areas of the city.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat. 

View the latest bushfire report here: http://www.fire.qld.gov.au/news/

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