How the Rocky bushfires unfolded

A timeline on how the Mount Archer bushfires have evolved since Friday.

Properties that back onto bushland in the Archer Ranges were asked to have their fire plan ready.

PM: The large fire impacted areas of Yeppoon Road between access six and nine during. Households were asked to evacuate in the Yeppoon Road area.
6.30am: Frenchville, Lakes Creek and Koongal area residents told to finalise their bushfire plans. The fire was moderate and travelling west-north-westerly.

2.30pm: Berserker Ranges fire flares up as winds pick up. Smoke and ash began to shower large areas of Rockhampton’s north side. This fire moves with erratic winds and is out of control.

4.15pm: Residents who back onto bushland in the suburbs of Frenchville, Koongal, Lakes Creek evacuated. Families evacuated from Peltophorum Street, Koongal and in the Cooper Street and Rockonia Road areas.

6pm: The bridge at the Teys Brothers meatworks bridge, Nerimbera reported on fire at 5.50pm. Lakes Creek School saved, but grounds burnt out.

9pm: A Poinciana Street, Koongal home was lost to the fire. Yeppoon-Rockhampton Road closed. Some evacuated residents of Lakes Creek area and at the base of Mount Archer told they can return home.
 Triple 0 calls from Frenchville residents in Forbes Avenue with homes under fire attack.

10am: Fire near Forbes Avenue, Frenchville Road areas, Neill Street, Murlay and Thirkettle Avenue. Yeppoon Rockhampton, Emu Park Rockhampton and Lakes Creek Road closed.

11.15am: Saunders Street, Holt Street, Bloxsom Street and Shields Avenue in Frenchville, near the fire evacuated.

4.15pm: Immediate threat passed for Frenchville area. Fight to stop fire jumping on Yeppoon Rockhampton Road at Access 9 through the night.
6am: Bush fire at Mt Archer continues to burn, no immediate threat.

1.30pm: Residents that back onto bushland in the suburb of Norman Gardens and Guthrie Street, Frenchville, to enact their bushfire plans. 75 fire fighters worked to contain the blaze.

5pm: Residents asked to prepare to evacuate to PCYC. About 200 homes under threat.

7.25pm: Conditions eased and winds decreased which slowed the bushfire spread in the Mt Archer area considerably. Residents in the Norman Gardens and Guthrie Street areas were now not expected to be impacted.

8pm: Rocky declared a disaster zone, triggering thousands of dollar in relief funds.
6.30am: Conditions eased slightly overnight in the Mount Archer area however fire fighters were preparing for another busy day, after working through the night.

8am: A large bushfire continued to burn in the Mt Archer National Park, east of Norman Gardens. It was about 800m from homes at the end of Sunset Drive but moving slowly.

9.30am:  A large bushfire was located in the Norman Gardens area. Homes between Sunset Drive and Nagle Drive as well as houses on Guthrie Street were impacted.

11.40am:  Fire crews worked to protect properties at Africander Avenue, Permien Street and Selwyn Court at Norman Gardens. Residents between Sunset Drive and Nagle Drive and on Guthrie Street were told to evacuate their homes or stay and defend.

2pm: 43 fire crews and three water bombing aircraft continued to protect properties around the Norman Gardens area as fire continues to threaten houses. Crew successfully protected about 100 homes, although some have fence damage. Residents in the northern part of Frenchville Drive, the southern side of Sunset Drive and residents in Guthrie Street can expect the fire to impact them soon.

5pm: Crews successfully contained a fire burning in the Norman Gardens area.  Firebreaks in the Frenchville area have prevented the fire impacting on residents in the northern part of Frenchville Drive, the southern side of Sunset Drive and residents in Guthrie Street.

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