Scenic Rim fire danger eases with prospect of showers

FIRESTORM: Resources are stretched as more than 100 bushfires continue to burn across the state. Local firefighters have done well.
FIRESTORM: Resources are stretched as more than 100 bushfires continue to burn across the state. Local firefighters have done well.

THE Scenic Rim bushfire danger warning has been reduced to low to moderate with weather conditions easing as the prospect of showers looms.

Fires across the south-east have contributed to days of smoky conditions, with a blaze on North Stradbroke Island the only remaining fire of consequence. 

The Scenic Rim did not escape the spate of fires breaking out across the state in dry and dangerous weather conditions, with local firefighters controlling several blazes over the past week.

Yesterday, five crews contained a fire at Tamborine which broke out in a vegetated area near Currawong Court.

Last Wednesday, firemen battled a grass fire in a paddock on Kerry Road adjacent to the scene of a fire a week before. At Wongawallan residents were warned to be on guard and ready to leave.

The fast-moving fire was expected to impact Elevation Drive, Tamborine Oxenford Road, Jourdana Drive and Howard Creek Place but firefighters worked successfully to protect property in the area.

Firefighters also controlled a bushfire in an inaccessible area at Undullah which forced the temporary closure of the Flinders Conservation Park and prompted QFES to warn residents of smoke.

Some North Stradbroke Island resident were told to leave their homes on Monday amid concerns the bushfire – which was sparked by a dry lightning strike – could spread and threaten homes.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services later downgraded the warning.

The blaze was just one of more than 100 burning across the state.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesman said residents should have a bushfire survival plan in place and be ready to put it into action in case of emergency.

“You need to be ready to follow your bushfire survival plan,” he said.

“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.”

Milder weather conditions are expected to offer relief in coming days, with the temperature across the Scenic Rim expected to reach 27 degrees today and 26 degrees tomorrow. There is also a small chance of showers in the area today.