Coolum’s Auxillary Firefighters and several rural and urban fire crews were called back to a grassfire which flared up along Yandina-Coolum Road at 9:15am this morning.
The extreme heat conditions of the previous day and high winds in the area this morning are believed to have contributed to the flare up, which was the scene of a large vegetation fire on the first day of Summer.
Residents were on alert this morning as the fire burnt perilously close to homes, but the blaze was under brought under control within two hours and rural crews remain on scene this afternoon to continue monitoring hotspots.
The fire originally broke out on private property bordering Yandina-Coolum Road (opposite the Quanda Road roundabout) on Saturday afternoon (1 December).
Coolum’s Auxillary Fire Brigade were first alerted to the incident via a triple zero call from at 4.15pm and were joined by six rural fire crews from the Valdora, Maroochy River and Yandina-North Arm, who had the fire contained by 6:30pm.
Crews remained on scene for several hours to monitor any flare ups, with a Maroochy River Rural Fire crew returning the next day (Sunday) to extinguish a small active fire at the centre of the site and monitor any further flare ups.
While over 30 acres of bushland was burnt, there was no immediate threat to properties during Saturday’s incident and fire officers are continuing to investigate the initial cause of the fire.
Fire crews across the coast have been kept busy today, with vegetation fires also occurring at Forest Glen and Maleny, while multiple fire crews are also on scene at a large grassfire burning off Coach Road at Burpengary.
Motorists are advised that QFRS has closed both sides of the Bruce Highway this afternoon (1:30pm) after fire jumped the road. Crews are working to contain the blaze and motorists should continue checking road conditions throughout the afternoon.
The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) is reminding north coast Queensland residents to be cautious and vigilant with a heightened fire danger rating forecast for today and in coming days.
QFRS North Coast Region Rural Operations Manager Tony Johnstone said the region was on heightened alert and measures were being taken by firefighters to prepare for potential vegetation fires.
“Today, and in coming days, the north coast will experience high temperatures and coupled with low humidity, this makes for perfect conditions for fires,” Mr Johnstone said.
“We’re asking residents across the north coast, particularly in Maryborough, Gympie and the surrounding areas, to be vigilant and report any fires to Triple Zero (000) immediately.”
Mr Johnstone said firefighters were already seeing fire activity across the region, making it crucial for residents to ensure they were doing all they could to prepare their homes and properties.
“We have 14 vegetation fires still burning across the north coast region today,” he said.
“If they haven’t done so already, I urge residents to finalise preparing their property and visit the Rural Fire Service website to download a bushfire survival plan so that no one is caught off guard.
“Landowners who have conducted hazard reduction burns recently are strongly encouraged to take immediate steps to ensure their fire has been properly extinguished or to make sure the residual fire is contained.
“We are also asking people to ensure they are not throwing cigarette butts out of car windows and to be careful when operating machinery in grassed areas.”More information about how to prepare for bushfire season can be found at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au.