Images of a bushfire burning in the Great Sandy National Park near Teewah last year. ***FILE PHOTO***
Images of a bushfire burning in the Great Sandy National Park near Teewah last year. ***FILE PHOTO*** Contributed

Aircraft called to Cooloola bushfires, fire ban extended

UPDATE 6PM

Fire crews will remain on the scene of bushfires at Lake Cooloola and Teewah Beach overnight to monitor their movements, but both fires have been contained.

Ten fire crews remain on the scene at Teewah Beach as of 5pm, with nine more deployed at Lake Cooloola and Como.

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That update was supplied by QFES late this afternoon.

Principal Queensland Parks and Wildlife ranger for the Great Sandy Area Marc Dargusch said the fire was approaching 7500 hectares since it started.

A Department of Environment and Science spokesman said the fire had "originated from a camper's poorly extinguished campfire near Kings Bore on Teewah Beach”.

"(The fire) is burning south and westward in the area of the Upper Noosa River and Teewah Beach,” the spokesperson said.

QFES have also announced local fire bans for the North Coast region including Gympie had been extended until at least midnight on Friday, October 4.

A QFES spokesman said no structures had been affected by the fires after rumours of damages to the Harry's Hut area spread on social media on Wednesday afternoon.

EARLIER

AIRCRAFT have been called to help ground crews fight bushfires which continue to burn at Lake Cooloola and Teewah Beach this afternoon.

QFES are still advising residents to "keep up to date and decide what actions (to) take if the situation changes”, noting aircraft would be working in both areas to assist ongoing efforts to contain the fires.

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"Currently as at 2pm ... a bushfire is burning in the Cooloola Recreation Area within the Great Sandy National Park. The fire is burning in the vicinity of Harry Hut Road, Eurobi Road and Cooloola Way, Como. People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality,” the latest Lake Cooloola update reads.

Crews were still working to contain both fires, but QFES stressed no properties were yet under threat at either location.

Meanwhile the local fire ban for the North Coast region including Gympie and surrounds has been extended until at least midnight on Friday, October 4.

"QFES has extended a local fire ban through to Friday, 4 October for residents in the North Burnett, South Burnett, Cherbourg, Gympie, Maryborough, Bundaberg, Sunshine Coast and Noosa Shire Local Government Areas,” a QFES media release stated.

"Conditions are perfect for bushfires to ignite and spread quickly.

"Under a local fire ban all open fires are prohibited and all Permits to Light Fire which have been issued in the designated areas have been cancelled.

"Power tools may be used during a local fire ban however QFES encourages people to use these with extreme care and ensure adequate equipment is available to extinguish any fire which may start.”

EARLIER

THE bushfire which sparked at Teewah Beach and later moved to threaten Lake Cooloola has split into two potentially dangerous situations this morning, fire officers have reported.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services issued two "Stay Informed” alerts for both Teewah Beach and Lake Cooloola at 8.35am, advising residents to "keep up to date and decide what actions (to) take” if the situation worsens.

14 crews remain on the scene of the Lake Cooloola fire, with 11 at Teewah Beach and one more on the way.

A QFES spokesperson said no structures had yet been affected by the fires after rumours of damages to the Harry's Hut area spread on social media yesterday afternoon.

Properties were not yet under threat at either location.

QFES crews were working to establish containment lines at the site of the Teewah Beach blaze, while the situation at Lake Cooloola was affecting the Cooloola Recreation Area within the Great Sandy National Park and burning in the vicinity of Harry Hut Road, Eurobi Road and Cooloola Way, Como.

More to come.

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, refer to it now and be 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 the situation changes.

- 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.

- Consider finding your essential items (e.g., identification documents, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing such as a long-sleeved cotton shirt and trousers, and boots) in case you need to leave.

- Consider what you will do to protect your pets and livestock.

- Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

- Advise family and friends of your intended actions if the situation changes.

KEEP UP TO DATE BY:

- Following QFES on Facebook (@QldFireandRescueService) 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

FURTHER INFORMATION:

- 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

Gympie Times


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