THE CAVES: Residents told to stay informed
FRIDAY 9.25PM: Residents of The Caves have been told they no longer need to evacuate after an earlier warning telling them to be prepared to leave at any moment.
The fire buring at Spring Creek Close and Rossmoya Rd is now burning within containment lines and residents are being told to stay informed and keep up to date with any new information.
FRIDAY 3PM: RESIDENTS of The Caves are being warned to be prepared to leave at any time following a warning upgrade.
Shortly before 2.30pm Queensland Fire and Emergency Services issued a WATCH AND ACT bushfire warning. "A large fire is travelling from The Mount Etna Caves National Park in south-westerly direction towards Spring Creek Close and Barmoya Road, The Caves. The fire is likely to impact Spring Creek Close and Barmoya Road," the warning read. "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."
Thursday 6PM: THE FIRE at The Caves is also now a watch and act level and residents are being advised to be ready to follow your bushfire plan.
As of 5.30pm, the fire is travelling in a north-easterly direction from Barmoya Rd towards Whitings Rd, Ladynskis Rd and Olsens Caves Rd
Thursday 4PM: THE CAVES Progress and Agricultural Society Inc has opened The Caves Rodeo and Show Ground for those who may need to evacuate.
The grounds are available to be used by livestock and horses. Shower facilities are also available.
There is no immediate evacuation for The Caves, the latest warning is prepare to leave.
Thursday 3PM: FIRES in The Caves have been downgraded.
Conditions still could get worse however the latest warning from QFES is to prepare to leave.
At 2.35pm, a fast-moving fire is travelling in a north-easterly direction from Barmoya Rd towards Whitings Rd, Ladynskis Rd, Olsens Caves Rd and The Caves Tourist Park.
Thursday 2.30PM: A LEAVE NOW alert has been given to residents of The Caves as a large bushfire burns out of control.
The warning says the fast-moving fire is travelling in a north-easterly direction from Barmoya Road towards Whitings Road, Ladynskis Road, Olsens Caves Road and The Caves Tourist Park.
It is expected to impact Whitings Road, Ladynskis Road, Olsens Caves Road and The Caves Tourist Park in an hour. The fire could have a significant impact on the community.
7.25PM: QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services have upgraded the bushfire warning level for the Caves area and had advised residents that the conditions could get worse.
As of 6.45pm the warning level for the Rossmoya Rd fire was upgraded to Watch and Act.
The fire is expected to impact the surrounding areas of Barmoya, Greenlake, Rossmoya and Wattle Bank.
QFES are advising residents of the areas they should be ready to leave at any moment because 'the situation could get worse quickly'.
6PM: QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services have warned residents of The Caves to be ready to leave at any moment.
The fast-moving grass fire is burning in an easterly direction along Barmoya Rd and is likely to impact the surrounding areas.
Fire crews are on the scene, working to contain the fire but QFES has warned they may not be able to protect every property.
5.35pm: REPORTS from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have indicated that a fire on Rossmoya Rd at the Caves has affected structures in the area.
There are five crews battling the bushfire, with five more on the way to help control the blaze which is threatening homes.
Crews are working to control the large grass fire now.
For more information read our rolling coverage of the CQ fires.
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