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COAST BUSHFIRES: Crews scramble to fight multiple fire fronts

Backburning is conducted at Beerwah to manage a fire that burned near Australia Zoo.
Backburning is conducted at Beerwah to manage a fire that burned near Australia Zoo. Landsborough Rural Fire Brigade

UPDATE 12:30PM MONDAY: Firefighters already flat out with a bush blaze have managed to stop a second breakout from spreading to homes.

Crews were called to Bells Creek about 4.30pm Sunday to a fire in national park land at the far end of Bells Creek Road.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesman said rural fire brigade volunteers worked with Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service officers to backburn around the edge of the fire.

He said it burned an area of about 12 hectares before it was brought under control about 7.30pm.


About 30 fire crews worked to contain a bushfire that burned at Landsborough and Beerwah.
About 30 fire crews worked to contain a bushfire that burned at Landsborough and Beerwah. Glass House Mountains Rural Fire

It came while crews were still managing a mush larger fire that threatened Australia Zoo and homes in the Landsborough and Beerwah areas, particularly on Fraser Rd.

About 30 trucks and other appliances worked throughout Sunday and into the night to control a fire that burned about 180 hectares of forest country.

It has continued to burn on Monday but posed no property.

"This fire remains contained and crews will monitor over the coming days," the spokesman said.

Rural fire brigade volunteers were on site on Monday morning but left it in the hands of HQ Plantations workers to keep an eye on it.

Residents in the nearby area have been advised to keep their windows shut to avoid too much smoke getting in.

Firefighters rush to a bushfire at Bells Creek.
Firefighters rush to a bushfire at Bells Creek. Contributed


FIREFIGHTERS have moved to wet down a number of fresh homes in the path of the Beerwah bushfire as the firefront swings around.

Homes to the south, near Foley Road, have been protected but the blaze has shifted, burning back from Irwin Road towards Fraser Road.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service Inspector Bernie Massingham said urban appliances had attended homes along Fraser Road to begin wetting them down to protect property, while four crews remain in the nearby Australia Zoo, vigilant of any spotfires that could spark up in the zoo.

About 10 crews are working in the area with "very, very conservative" back burning operations under way.

Mr Massingham said the fire was in effect burning back onto itself, and warnings issued have advised Fraser Road residents to be prepared to enact bushfire survival plans, or evacuate, if necessary.

One helicopter remains on scene to help with waterbombing efforts to support ground crews who are hopeful of containing the blaze.

BLAZE: Flames at corner of Irwin Rd and the block near Australia Zoo.
BLAZE: Flames at corner of Irwin Rd and the block near Australia Zoo. Stuart Cumming


DOZENS of homes are under threat from a steadily-moving bushfire burning near Australia Zoo and Steve Irwin Way.

Helicopters have been called in to help protect about 30 homes in Foley Road, Beerwah, as the blaze sparked by a car fire burns in nearby forestry.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service Inspector Bernie Massingham said about three enclosures of Australia Zoo closest to the fire have been evacuated and three fire crews were working inside the Zoo at present to prevent any embers from sparking up a spotfire.

About 25 crews are working behind Australia Zoo at the moment undertaking backburning and cutting containment lines in, while another five crews supported by HQPlantations teams are working behind homes at Foley Road and Jolly Crescent.

Mr Massingham said crews had been backburning 5m patches at a time, working their way north along Irwin Road.

The fire was east of Irwin Road at the moment, burning south-westerly through plantation.

Backburning efforts are under way to protect Australia Zoo, as the fire burns south-westerly from Irwin Road, towards Foley Road and Steve Irwin Way.

An Australia Zoo spokeswoman said the zoo was working with fire crews at the moment.

"We are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our staff, animals and guests," she said.

A nearby IGA worker said plenty of customers had come in speaking about the smoke affecting the area, while residents have been advised to prepare to leave their homes or enact bushfire survival plans, with no guarantee firefighters will be able to get to every home.

Staff at the Beerwah Golf Club, to the south of the blaze, said they could see helicopters bombing the blaze for about the past 20 minutes, but it was hard to tell how far away the blaze was from their position.

It was still business as usual for them at the moment.


FIREFIGHTERS have upgraded the warning level of a bushfire burning near Steve Irwin Way at Beerwah.

The alert status has moved to watch and act and residents have been warned the situation "could get worse quickly".

Multiple crews are battling the blaze burning near Irwin Road and Australia zoo which is moving south-westerly towards Foleys Rd.

"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," the latest warning reads.

Firies say the blaze is likely to impact Foleys Road properties and have told residents to be ready to follow bushfire survival plans or get ready to leave the area.


RESIDENTS have been told to prepare to evacuate, or enact their bushfire survival plans, as a blaze continues to burn on the Coast.

As of about 15 minutes ago the fire was moving steadily in a south-westerly direction, having sparked up near Irwin Road and Fraser Road, Beerwah, near Steve Irwin Way, earlier today.

The fire is believed to have been sparked by a car fire.

Irwin Road has been closed off by police and firefighters are advising people to refer to their bushfire survival plans and be ready to follow them.

If not, residents are being told to plan their evacuation and let family and friends know of their movements.

Police have closed roads near the Beerwah bushfire.
Police have closed roads near the Beerwah bushfire. Warren Lynam


BUSHFIRES have broken out across the region this afternoon, with multiple firefighting crews currently in action as two major roads are under threat.

About eight fire crews are currently working to contain a bushfire in Beerwah, at Fraser Road and Irwin Road, near the Steve Irwin Way, which is burning close to Australia Zoo.

The fire is believed to have been sparked by a car fire which quickly spread to nearby grassland earlier today.

The blaze remains uncontrolled, but properties are not being threatened at this stage.

Meanwhile another fire has broken out about 20 minutes ago at the Caloundra Road and Bruce Highway on-ramp at Meridan Plains.

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service is advising motorists to drive with caution in the area.

 Updates to come.

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