MOUNT LARCOM: 'Significant impact', fire jumps Bruce Hwy
WHAT WE KNOW:
- The fire is impacting Taylors Lane, about three kilometres from the township of Mount Larcom. The fire is expected to have a significant impact on the community.
- People to the south of the fire should leave the area and evacuate to the Gladstone Entertainment Centre on Goondoon Street, Gladstone
- People to the north of the fire should evacuate to the Rockhampton Showgrounds on New Exhibition Road, Wandal
- Traffic conditions are slow and visibility is very low, drive safely
- Reports at least two firefighters have been treated for heat exhaustion
- The fire has jumped the Bruce Hwy heading east
- Unconfirmed reports structures in Mount Larcom have been impacted
7.25pm: THERE are reports structures in Mount Larcom have been impacted by fires, but with the emergency still underway authorities are unable to conduct a full assessment.
The fire has jumped the Bruce Hwy heading east, but crews are working hard to contain them.
There are also reports that at least two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion.
6.44pm: THE Bruce Hwy remains closed around Mount Larcom as a fire continues to threaten the township and nearby locations.
Reports showed the fire had jumped the highway earlier this afternoon.
During a press conference, emergency services stated today was the first time Queensland has been subject to a catastrophic fire danger forecast.
The heatwave is expected to continue for several days and residents were warned not to be complacent.
5.05PM: QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services have upgraded the emergency warning for a bushfire burning at Neerkol Rd, Stanwell.
At 4.40pm the warning level was upgraded to 'Leave Immediately'.
The 'large, fast-moving fire is travelling in an easterly direction along the Capricorn Highway from Stanwell towards Kabra, Gracemere and surrounding areas.
It is expected to impact the townships of Kabra, Gracemere and surrounding suburbs in the coming hours and is expected to have a significant impact on those communities.
Residents are being told to evacuate in an easterly direction along the Capricorn Highway to the Rockhampton Showgrounds at Wandal, or a friend/family member's property if it is safe to do so.
4.55PM: QUEENSLAND Police have closed the Bruce Highway in both directions from Taylors Lane south to the Mount Larcom township.
BRUCE HIGHWAY CLOSURES: the Bruce Highway is completely closed in both directions from Taylors Lane south to the Mount Larcom township. Please consider stopping at an alternate township. pic.twitter.com/tb1pfQEq1V— Queensland Police (@QldPolice) 28 November 2018
There are reports that buses will be made available to residents of Mount Larcom who are unable to self-evacuate.
4.45PM: RESIDENTS of Mount Larcom have been told to leave as fire threatens the township.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there is a bushfire approaching Ambrose. Leaving immediately is the safest option, as it will soon be too dangerous to drive.
Follow your bushfire survival plan now. If you do not have a plan, your safest option is to leave immediately if it is clear to do so. If you cannot leave, identify where you will seek shelter from the bushfire.
If you are not in the area, do not return, as conditions are too dangerous.
Currently as at 4.35pm Wednesday 28 November, a fast-moving intense fire is travelling in a south-easterly direction towards Mount Larcom.
The fire is impacting Taylors Lane, about three kilometres from the township of Mount Larcom. The fire is expected to have a significant impact on the community.
People to the south of the fire should leave the area and evacuate to the Gladstone Entertainment Centre on Goondoon Street, Gladstone or to the home of a family member or friend in a safe location.
People to the north of the fire should evacuate to the Rockhampton Showgrounds on New Exhibition Road, Wandal or to the home of a family member or friend in a safe location.
2.30PM: RESIDENTS of Ambrose and Mount Larcom are being told to leave their properties immediately due to a large out of control bushfire.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services issued an emergency warning at 1.55pm, saying residents need to leave now as it will soon be 'too dangerous to drive'.
The 'fast-moving intense fire' is travelling in a south-easterly direction towards Mount Larcom and is expected to impact the town before 2pm.
"Currently as at 1.55pm Wednesday, 28 November, a fast-moving intense fire is travelling in a south-easterly direction towards Mount Larcom," the alert read.
"It is expected to impact Gentle Annie Road, Taylors Lane, Mount Larcom Bracewell Road, Henicke Road, East End Road and the township of Mount Larcom around 1.55pm.
"The fire is expected to have a significant impact on the community."
QFES warn that 'conditions are now very dangerous and firefighters may soon be unable to prevent the fire advancing'.
"The fire may pose a threat to all lives directly in its path. Fire crews may not be able to protect your property. You should not expect a firefighter at your door: act now.
"Power, water, and mobile phone service may be lost and road conditions may become very dangerous over the next several hours.
"People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality."
Residents are being told to evacuate the area via the Bruce Hwy and travel north where an evacuation centre has been opened at the Raglan Tavern.
1.30PM: A FIRE near Stenovich Rd at Ambrose has just been upgraded to Watch and Act level.
Up to 10 fire crews were called to the scene 70kms south of Rockhampton this morning shortly after 10.30am, and one more vehicle is on the way.
Conditions worsened throughout the morning with temperature soaring above 40 degrees and wind gusts in excess of 50kms an hour.
Shortly before 1pm Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advised residents to 'prepare to leave'.
The blaze has been labelled as a fast-moving intense fire and is travelling from Gentle Annie Road towards Mount Larcom Bracewell Rd.
The fire is likely to impact properties within the area.
QFES have warned people in the area they need to be ready to follow their bush 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," it reads.
"Fire crews are working to contain the fire but firefighters may not be able to protect every property. You should not expect a firefighter at your door."
People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.
Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe your property is under threat.
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