Bushfire alert issued for people at Illinbah, Canungra and Beechmont schools closed

O'REILLY'S: Mayor Christensen with Jackie Trad and Fire Minister Craig Crawford announced the evacuation of O'Reilly's, which was later halted due to fire hazards. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

O'REILLY'S: Mayor Christensen with Jackie Trad and Fire Minister Craig Crawford announced the evacuation of O'Reilly's, which was later halted due to fire hazards. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

UPDATE, 8.15am

QUEENSLAND Police announced at 8.28pm yesterday the 100 people who were sheltering at the O'Reilly Guest House were successfully evacuated from the area.

The group included police, guests and staff who were able to leave the area safely by road this evening and are now at a nearby evacuation centre.

At 11.55pm QFES warned the bushfire was burning near Lamington National Park Road, between Sarabah Road and Kamarun Lookout Road, O'Reilly's.

Meanwhile Queensland Education has announced several schools across the state have been closed due to the bushfires.

They include Canungra Stare School, Beechmont State School and St Bernards State School on Tamborine Mountain.

Kindergartens including C&K Canungra Community Kindergarten in Kidston Street and Canungra Childcare & Preschool in Appel Street are also closed.

UPDATE, 8am

QFES announce at 6am a bushfire was burning to the south of Illinbah in the Lamington National Park and travelling in a northerly direction towards Mackenzie Road, South West Road, Illinbah Road, Gray Road and Price Creek Road, Illinbah.

The bushfire warning level is Stay Informed, with residents in the area advised to keep up to dateanddecide what actions to take if the situation changes.

They advised people in the area would be affected by smoke, which would reduce visibility and air quality.

Properties are not under direct threat at this time.

Call Triple Zero immediately if you believe you or your property is under threat.

UPDATE: 7pm

QFES has announced about 100 people are safely sheltering at the O'Reilly Guest House following an earlier warning to leave the area due to a bush fire impacting on road access.

The group includes police, guests and staff who have been unable to leave the area by road.

Authorities remain in contact with the group and are confident they are in no immediate danger.

Plans are being enacted to ensure the group can leave as soon as it is safe to do so.

EARLIER:

EVACUATION of O'Reilly's has been halted after ember attacks crossed Lamington National Park Road and winds have become hazardous.

QFES Acting Fire Commissioner Michael Wassing said 97 people remained in the resort where they will stay until it is deemed safe for them to leave.

The occupants of about ten houses in the area have already evacuated.

Commissioner Wassing said O'Reilly's was not under direct threat from the fire but the road was unsafe and conditions were likely to get worse overnight, with wind gusts of 70km/hr or more predicted.

He said many of the aircraft supporting firefighters had been grounded because of the wind.

Scenic Rim mayor Greg Christensen said the road to O'Reilly's was challenging at the best of times.

"It is a very winding road with exposed areas as well as areas of forest," he said.

Cr Christensen said Queensland Police had started evacuating people from the area about 2.30pm because the road was easier to navigate during daylight hours.