Residents scramble as fire reaches Brisbane’s doorstep
RESIDENTS in a suburb in Brisbane's west are scrambling with hoses to protect their properties as a fire burns close to houses.
It's one of a number of fires in the state's southeast that have flared up as a result of extreme weather conditions.
Residents at Cooroibah on Noosa's North shore, Jimna in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, and people in the Tarome area in the Scenic Rim have been told to leave immediately as fires threaten their properties.
A fire at Buccan, west of Logan is also posing a tthreat, with residents being told to prepare to leave.
The Brisbane fire is in The Gap, and multiple fire crews are battling to contain it as homeowners do what they can to keep the flames at bay.
DANGEROUS FIRES AT COOROIBAH; WEST OF LOGAN; SCENIC RIM; AND WEST OF THE GOLD COAST. SCROLL DOWN FOR UPDATES
Emergency services were called just before 2pm to a blaze at Canterbury Place, with three crews on scene and another four on their way.
A QFES spokesman said no bushfire warning has been issued so people have not been asked to evacuate.
Yet he said all fires are being taken seriously today.
"There's a lot of smoke. On a day like this every fire is serious," he said.
Major fire west of Logan
Residents of Buccan, south of Brisbane, are dealing with two different fire emergencies.
A large bushfire is burning in bushland near the suburb, while police deal with a suspiciously-lit house fire on Wilson Road. The house fire is now contained.
Residents were earlier told to leave their properties immediately, but have been advised the warning has been downgraded to "prepare to leave" as firefighters battle a bushfire.
The dangerous fire is travelling in an easterly direction from Waterford-Tamborine Road, Waterford towards Dairy Creek Road, Buccan.
It is expected to impact Wilson Road, Cambogan Road, Buccan Road, Jarvis Road, Easterley Street, Gardners Road and surrounding streets imminently.
A QFES spokesman said while the fire has been downgraded, it is still "serious" considering the hot conditions.
The fire could have a significant impact on the community, Queensland Fire and Emergency Service said in a statement.
'Leave now' warning for Cooroibah
Meanwhile, police have made an emergency declaration under the Public Safety Preservation Act due to a large bushfire burning out of control at Cooroibah on Noosa's North Shore which is currently threatening homes.
Residents within the exclusion zone are urged to leave now.
A fast-moving fire is travelling in a south westerly direction towards Johns Landing Camping Ground and Johns Road, Cooroibah.
It is expected to impact Johns Road, Cooroibah. The fire could have a significant impact on the community.
An evacuation centre has beeen established at Noosa Leisure Centre, Wallace Drive, Noosaville.
Tarome fire: Leave immediately
As at 3pm, a large, unpredictable and fast-moving fire is currently burning at Mount Castle travelling in a south-easterly direction towards Tarome Road, Ryan Road, Simmonds Road, Hinrichsen Road, Campsite Road, Rose Road and the Cunningham Highway.
The fire is expected to impact this area within two hours. This fire is expected to have a significant impact on the community.
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.
Jimna fire: Leave now
As at 3.15pm, a fast-moving fire is travelling towards Peach Trees Camping Area and the town of Jimna. The fire is approaching from the west. It is expected to impact the Jimna township within the hour.
The fire could have a significant impact on the community.
Lockyer Valley fire splits in two
A large bushfire burning in the Lockyer Valley just west of Brisbane has split into two separate fires that are travelling in different directions.
The two "large and unpredictable" fires are burning near Thornton, south of Laidley.
Residents of Thornton and Lefthand Branch (south of Laidley) and Tarome have been asked to leave now as of 3pm.
The second fire is travelling in a north, north-easterly direction towards Main Camp Creek Rd, Thornton. The fire is likely to impact Main Camp Creek Rd.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services warn that "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."
Thornton: Residents south of Laidley have been warned to be ready to evacuate after a bushfire split into two separate blazes. Fire crews are asking for people to be vigilant, with an extreme fire danger in place for the South East and Darling Downs. #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/ZBkIeNmiRH— 7NEWS Brisbane (@7NewsBrisbane) November 8, 2019
People self-evacuating from Main Camp Creek Road should travel via Mulgowie Road towards Laidley.
People self-evacuating from Lefthand Branch Road should travel along Lefthand Branch Road towards Laidley.
Fires burn west of Gold Coast
RESIDENTS of Clumber and Moogerah, west of the Gold Coast, have also been told to prepare to leave.
The fire is currently at Watch and Act level.
A large bushfire is burning between Wilson Road at Clumber, Spicers Gap Road at Clumber and Wild Cattle Creek Road at Moogerah.
This fire is travelling in an easterly direction towards Wild Cattle Creek Road.
Residents who are self-evacuating from Wilson Road and Spicers Gap Road should make their way towards Aratula via Lake Moogerah Road and the Cunningham Highway.
Residents along Wild Cattle Creek Road can make their way towards Mount Alford via Lake Moogerah Road.
Residents of Lower Beechmont have been told to prepare to leave as a large bushfire burns to the west of North Road.
It is burning in an easterly direction and is expected to impact North Road, Outlook Avenue and Freemans Road, Lower Beechmont, QFES says.
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.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:
•Listen to your local radio station or visit the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website for regular updates.
•If you have a bushfire survival plan, finalise it now so you are ready to follow it.
•If you do not have a bushfire survival plan, or if your plan is to leave, identify where you will go if you leave the area.
•Advise family and friends of your plan.
•Close windows and doors to minimise smoke exposure.
•If you suffer from a respiratory condition, keep your medication close by.
•Drive with caution in low visibility conditions.
•Contact your neighbours to see if they need help preparing for the bushfire.
•Pack important documents and essential items (e.g., passports, birth certificates, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing) in case you need to leave the area.
•Put on protective clothing (e.g., a long-sleeved cotton shirt, boots with thick soles).
•Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
•Bring pets inside; restrain them with a leash, a cage, or inside a secure room; and provide them with plenty of water.
•Take action to protect your livestock.
•Move flammable materials such as doormats, wheelie bins, and outdoor furniture away from your house.
•Fill containers such as your bath, sinks, and buckets with water so you have access to drinking water and firefighting water.
•Close windows and doors, sealing the gaps under doors and screens with wet towels to keep smoke out of the house.
KEEP UP TO DATE BY:
•Following QFES on Facebook (@QldFireandEmergencyServices) and Twitter (@QldFES)
•Staying tuned to your local radio station. Find your local ABC radio station at https://radio.abc.net.au/help/offline and your local commercial radio station at http://www.commercialradio.com.au/find-a-station/queensland;
•Visiting the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map
•For bushfire preparation tips, visit the RFS website: www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/BushFire_Safety
•For information about road closures, call 13 19 40 or visit www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au.