Slow burning fire still active at Lower Beechmont


UPDATE, 2pm Tuesday

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises there is a bushfire in Lower Beechmont.

You need to keep up to date and decide what actions you will take if the situation changes.

At 2pm a fire was burning in inaccessible terrain to the west of North Road, Freemans Road and Outlook Avenue, Lower Beechmont.

It is travelling in an easterly direction but is not likely to impact any properties, however residents should stay informed.

Firefighters are constructing containment lines.

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

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you or your property is under threat.

Earlier, 7.25am

At 7.35am Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advised a slow-moving bushfire continued to burn near North Road, Freemans Road and Outlook Avenue, Lower Beechmont.

Firefighters are working with water bombing aircraft and heavy machinery to contain the fire. Crews will continue to monitor conditions throughout the day.

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. Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you or your property is under threat.

Earlier, 6.20am Sunday:

QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services has downgraded the fire warning level for residents at Lower Beechmont to "advice".

A QFES spokeswoman said the most recent alert was issued at 9pm yesterday and indicated that the fire at Lower Beechmont was under control.

This came after police early yesterday morning invoked an emergency declaration under the Public Safety Preservation Act with the declared zone including North Road and Freeman Road.

Within hours firefighters had contained the fire and the PSPA was revoked at 12.45pm yesterday, with police allowing local residents to return home to find some sheds and outhouses had been damaged in the fire.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services at 1.40 this morning and again at 6am advised people near the Lower Beechmont fire zone that leaving immediately was the safest option, as it would soon be too dangerous to drive.

The advice was to follow your bushfire survival plan now. If you do not have a plan, your safest option is to leave immediatelyif it is clear to do so. If you cannot leave, identify where you will seek shelter from the bushfire. If you are not in the area, do not return, as conditions are too dangerous.

By 6am the large bushfire was impacting North Road, Freemans Road and Outlook Avenue. It was travelling in a north-easterly direction towards Hellfire Pass.

The fire is expected to have a significant impact on the community.

Conditions are now very dangerous, and firefighters may soon be unable to prevent the fire advancing. The fire may pose a threat to all lives directly in its path. Fire crews may not be able to protect your property. You should not expect a firefighter at your door. Act now.

Power, water, and mobile phone service may be lost, and road conditions may become very dangerous over the next several hours.

People leaving the area can evacuate in a southerly direction via North Road onto Beechmont Road towards Nerang.

An evacuation centre has been set up at Nerang Bicentennial Community Centre at 833 Southport Nerang Road.

QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services has advised there is a bushfire in Lower Beechmont and conditions could get worse.

You need to be ready to follow your bushfire survival plan. 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.

As at 4.30pm a large bushfire was burning in an area to the west of North Road, Outlook Avenue and Freemans Road, Lower Beechmont.

It was burning in an easterly direction and was expected to impact North Road, Outlook Avenue and Freemans Road, Lower Beechmont.

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.

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

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe your property is under threat.

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, finalise it now so you are 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 you leave the area
  • Advise family and friends of your plan
  • 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
  • Pack important documents and essential items (e.g., passports, birth certificates, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing) in case you need to leave the area
  • Put on protective clothing (e.g., a long-sleeved cotton shirt, boots with thick soles).
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
  • Bring pets inside; restrain them with a leash, a cage, or inside a secure room; and provide them with plenty of water
  • Take action to protect your livestock
  • Move flammable materials such as doormats, wheelie bins, and outdoor furniture away from your house
  • Fill containers such as your bath, sinks, and buckets with water so you have access to drinking water and firefighting water
  • Close windows and doors, sealing the gaps under doors and screens with wet towels to keep smoke out of the house.

KEEP UP TO DATE BY:

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.

The next update will be provided by 6.30pm or if the situation changes.