Fraser Coast Takura Fire aerial.
Fraser Coast Takura Fire aerial. Heath Pukallus

SMOKE WARNING: Fires continue to burn on the Fraser Coast

UPDATE 9PM Wednesday: RESIDENTS on the Fraser Coast who can see or smell smoke are being urged by Queensland Fire Emergency Service to shut their doors and windows for the night.

The smoke is lingering from two separate bushfires.

One is at Walligan, near Settlers Rd and Sunnyside Dr. The fire is now contained and fighters are continuing to monitor the blaze, which started on Sunday, overnight.

The other is smoke from a vegetation fire in Craignish.

"Smoke may affect residents and motorists in the area," QFES said in a public statement.

"Residents should close their doors and windows and keep medication close by if suffering from a respiratory condition.

"Motorists should use caution and drive to conditions."

If you believe your property is under threat, you should call triple-zero immediately.

UPDATE 5PM: Residents living near Craignish are urged to close their windows and doors to protect themselves from smoke coming from an active bushfire.

The vegetarian fire is burning near Waters Edge Dr and Petersen Rd in Craignish.

Two fire crews are on-scene.

Another vegetation fire is burning in Walligan.

Those living close-by to this address are also encouraged to shut doors and keep medication close if suffering from a respiratory condition.

UPDATE 9AM TUESDAY: Firefighters are working to contain the fire in Takura.

It is burning in the vicinity of Settlers Rd and Sunnyside Dr in Walligan.

The crews are blackening out and strengthening control lines.

There remains to be no threat to property.

People in the area may be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

Call triple-zero immediately if you believe you or your property is under threat.

The fire lit-up on Sunday.

UPDATE 7.20AM TUESDAY: Two rural crews remained on scene to keep the Walligan fire within containment lines overnight Monday. 

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesman said more crews were expected on scene about 8am. 

He said there were a couple of hot spots in the early hours of Tuesday morning which crews quickly put out. 

Residents in the Hervey Bay suburb of Walligan were earlier told to prepare to leave their homes.

But thanks to the hard work of the many fire crews at the scene, the fire was brought under control late Monday.

More to come. 

UPDATE 6.30PM MONDAY: Residents in the Hervey Bay suburb of Walligan were earlier told to prepare to leave their homes.

But thanks to the hard work of the many fire crews at the scene, the fire has been brought under control.

Queensland Fire Emergency Service said that though the fire continues to burn, homes are no longer in danger of destruction.

Residents are reminded that they should call triple-zero (000) if they do believe their property is under threat.

People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

Properties are not under direct threat at this time but residents should call Triple Zero (000) immediately if they believe their property is under threat.

The bushfire travelled from west of Maryborough Hervey Bay Rd, Susan River towards Springvale Downs Estate, Settlers Rd and Sunnyside Dr, Walligan.

UPDATE 5.30PM: A LARGE, moving fire is threatening homes in some parts of Hervey Bay.

Residents in the suburb of Walligan have been told to prepare to leave their homes as the fire that is burning in Takura intensifies.

Queensland Fire Emergency Service put out a public alert this afternoon, telling people to "prepare to leave."

About 80 firefighters are working to get the blaze under control.

Helicopters after flying overhead, water-bombing to help those on ground.

"You need to be ready to follow your bushfire survival plan," the QFES alert says.

"If you do not have a plan, or intend to leave, you should be ready to leave the area because the situation could get worse quickly.

A QFES spokesman told the Chronicle that the area the fire has increasingly got worse since it began to burn on Sunday.

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 alert continued.

"People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality."

Call triple-000 immediately if you believe your property is under threat.

EARLIER: IF you have seen smoke in the area don't be alarmed, crews are containing several controlled burns across the Fraser Coast.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services inspector Konrad Sawcqynski said a vegetation fire started in bushland at Takura on Sunday.

Crews are back burning and are putting further containment lines in place.

The fire was yesterday covering about 30 acres of land.

"It is disappointing to see we've got these fires at this time of the year.

"At this stage we're unsure if someone has lit this fire and we're continuing investigations with police," he said.

He said we could expect to see smoke over the next couple of days.

If all goes to plan crews will be mopping up over coming days. 

A Queensland Parks and Wildlife spokesman said there were two hazard reduction burns taking place on Fraser Island, which are expected to last another week or two.

The major burn is at Lake Birrabeen which is part of the annual plan burn program for the island.

"It will reduce the risk of major wild fires coming into the hotter months," the spokesman said.

"It is being contained and there is no risk of public safety concern," he said.

We can expect below average minimums between 6-9 degrees on the Fraser Coast in coming days with top temps expected to climb to 25 degrees in the Bay and 27 degrees in Maryborough at the weekend.

There is a chance of showers later in the week.

It is a timely reminder for the community not to be complacent and to call 000 to report a fire or any suspicious activity.


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