WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW NOW

LATEST: A cyclone is expected to form off the coast of Queensland tomorrow evening, as crews battle an increasingly dire fire situation.

Fighfighters are asking residents to stay informed and up to date about fires in their areas in case the situation changes. 

  • RUNGOO: You need to keep up to date and decide what actions you will take if the situation changes. Currently as at 5.35pm Saturday 1 December, a vegetation fire is burning near an unnamed Rungoo road, in a south-easterly direction near the Cardwell Range.
  • MARYBUROUGH: Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) crews are on scene at a vegetation fire burning near Bryant Street, Maryborough. This fire broke out this afternoon and is posing no threat to property at this time. Crews are working to contain the fire. Nearby areas may be affected by a smoke haze. 
  • WINFIELD: You need to keep up to date and decide what actions you will take if the situation changes. As at 5.15pm Saturday 1 December, a bushfire is burning within containment lines along Coast Road, north of Baffle Creek. If the fire crosses Baffle Creek, the fire may impact the area between Ferry Road and Winfield, and residents will be updated if this occurs. Fire crews will backburn overnight and will continue monitoring containment lines throughout the evening and tomorrow. Please note there are separate warnings for Oyster Creek, and Deepwater, Baffle Creek and Rules Beach.
  • TAKURA: Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) crews remain on scene at a vegetation fire burning near Toogoom Cane Road, Takura. There is no threat to property at this time. Crews will continue to monitor the fire and smoke may affect Takura and surrounds. 
  • TINNANBAR: Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) crews remain on scene at a bushfire burning on the eastern side of Tinnanbar Road, Tinnanbar. The fire is contained and is posing no threat to property at this time. Crews will continue to monitor the fire. Smoke may affect the Tinnanbar township over the coming days. 
  • COOLOOLA: Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) crews are on scene at a bushfire burning near the Freshwater campground, in the vicinity of Kings Bore Road and the Western Break. Crews are constructing fire breaks to allow for backburning to occur overnight. Those camping or using walking/driving tracks within the Great Sandy National Park should follow the advice of QPWS and other authorities. Smoke may affect Cooloola, Rainbow Beach and surrounds.  Residents are asked to close windows and doors. Those suffering from a respiratory condition should keep their medications close by. 
  • PEACHESTER: Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) crews are on scene at a bushfire burning near Reserve Lane, Peachester. 
  • ROUND HILL: You need to keep up to date and decide what actions you will take if the situation changes.  As at 3.25pm Saturday 1 December, a bushfire in the Deepwater National Park is burning within containment lines. The fire remains south of Bousgas Drive and Anderson Way.
  • HOWARD: Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) crews are on scene at a vegetation fire burning near Slaughterhouse Road and Cemetery Road, Howard. 
  • NORTH STRADBROKE ISLAND: There is a bushfire on North Stradbroke Island. You need to keep up to date and decide what actions you will take if the situation changes. Currently as at 2.50pm Saturday 1 December, there is a bushfire burning in the vicinity of Sibelco Sand Mine near Main Beach Conservation Park and Naree Budjong Djara National Park. 
  • WIEAMBILLA: You need to keep up to date and decide what actions you will take if the situation changes. As at 2.40pm Saturday 1 December, a bushfire is burning near Robbos Road, Mary Road, Wains Road and Chinchilla Tara Road in a northerly direction towards Wieambilla Road and Robbos Road.
  • CARNARVON: Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) crews are on scene at a bushfire burning in the Carnarvon National Park and Boxvale State Forest. This fire is posing no threat to property at this time. QFES crews are working with landowners to construct fire breaks. Firefighters will continue to work to contain the fire with help from aerial support. Due to firefighting operations, the Carnarvon Road into the Carnarvon Gorge Visitor Area remains closed to the public. The Mount Moffatt Section is also temporarily closed. Smoke may affect surrounding areas and residents should close windows and doors and keep respiratory medications close by. 
  • GLASTONBURY: You need to keep up to date and decide what actions you will take if the situation changes. As at 1.20pm Saturday 1 December, a bushfire is travelling from Wyuna Drive in a south-easterly direction towards Wyuna Drive, Conway Court and Glastonbury Road.
  • CAPTAIN CREEK: 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 1.05pm Saturday 1 December, an unpredictable fire continues to travel slowly in a south-easterly direction towards Captain Creek. It may impact Murphy Road, west of Avocado Crescent.
  • DAMPER CREEK: Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is aware of a bushfire burning in inaccessible country near Five Mile Creek Road at Damper Creek. 
  • ELLERBECK: Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) crews are monitoring a bushfire near Ellerbeck Road, Attie Creek Road and Elphinstone Range. This fire is burning in containment lines and is posing no threat to property at this time. 
  • UNDULLAH: A stay informed alert remains in place. As at 9.30am Saturday 1 December, a bushfire is burning in inaccessible country between Washpool Road, Undullah Road, Wild Pig Creek Road and Mount Elliot Road, Undullah. Firefighters are undertaking backburning operations in the area in an effort to strengthen containment lines. Flinders Conservation Park remains closed due to the fire.
  • WAMURAN: Crews remain on scene at a bushfire burning on the side of Mount Miketeebumulgrai, between King Road and Pates Road, Wamuran. There's no threat to property at this time. 
  • DELANEYS CREEK: Firefighters are monitoring a bushfire burning near Mount Mee Road, Delaneys Creek. This fire is posing no threat to property at this time. Firefighters will continue to patrol the blaze throughout the day. Delaneys Creek residents may be affected by a smoke haze throughout the day. 
  • MUTCHILBA: Crews are on scene at a bushfire between Mutchilba Road and Collins Weir Road, Mutchilba. This fire is posing no threat to property at this time. Crews are undertaking backburning operations and smoke may affect surrounding areas. 
  • MUTARNEE: Crews and landowners are monitoring a vegetation fire burning near Ponderosa Road, near Barrett Road, Mutarnee. There's no threat to property at this time. Smoke may affect Mutarnee and surrounds, including the Bruce Highway. 
  • MOUNT FOX: A stay informed alert is in place for Mount Fox for residents to monitor any changes. As at 8.30am, a slow-moving bushfire is travelling from Mount Fox Road and Blue Range Road in a westerly direction. People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.
  • EDMONTON: A stay informed alert is in place. As at 8.15am Saturday 1 December, a bushfire is burning in inaccessible country near Wiseman Road West and Woodlock Drive in Edmonton. People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality. Properties are not under threat at this time. 
  • THE CAVES: A stay informed alert remains in place. As at 8am, a bushfire is burning within containment lines between Spring Creek Close and Rossmoya Road, The Caves. People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality. rews will undertake backburning operations along Rossmoya Road throughout the day and crews will continue to monitor. Homes are not under direct threat at this time.
  • KABRA: An alert to stay informed remains in place. You need to keep up to date and decide what actions you will take if the situation changes. As at 7.50am, this bushfire is burning within containment lines between Malchi Nine Mile Road, Pipeline Road, Meteor Park Road, Kabra. Crews are patrolling the fire and will monitor it throughout the day. People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality. Residents should close windows and doors and keep respiratory medications close by. Properties are not under direct threat at this time. 
  • TAKURA: Crews are still on scene at a vegetation fire burning near Toogoom Cane Road, Takura. There is no threat to property at this time. Crews will remain on scene to monitor the fire throughout today and smoke may affect Takura and surrounds.

UPDATE: Emergency respondents to the wildfire crisis in Eungella, Finch Hatton and Dalrymple are quietly confident that they are gaining a stronghold of the situation, with residents able to begin returning to their homes. 

 

Five planes and two helicopters are above the blaze conducting waterbombing operations, while 35 crews work within established containment lines.

A QFES spokesman said while operations would continue to confront the fire, conditions were quite favourable compared to what the last couple of days had presented and the threat level had diminished.

EARLIER: HELICOPTERS evacuated 10 people, including children, from a town west of Mackay last night.

And fire was last night again threatening the Deepwater, Baffles Creek, Rules Beach and Oyster Creek area near Agnes Water.

Queensland Fire and Rescue warned residents who had evacuated Deepwater, Baffle Creek and Rules Beach not to return as conditions were too dangerous.

A 'stay informed' warning advises roads may be blocked by fallen debris and road conditions are extremely dangerous.

It came amid news two men had been arrested for allegedly lighting fires deliberating in central Queensland and fire bans were put in place for Brisbane and south-west Queensland.
 

How the fires unfolded yesterday

The Mackay Daily Mercury reported water bombing aircraft came in to fight the fierce fire front approaching Eungella.

It's understood several dozen people took shelter inside Eungella Hall as the large fire travelled west towards Broken River.

Aerial photos over the mountain-top town of Eungella, captured during an RACQ CQ Rescue evacuation, have provided a bird's eye of view of fires raging near the town.

The first group of evacuees was a man and three young boys, one with medical history of asthma.   

The helicopter then returned to the Bee Creek Road scene to take another six people, including an adult, an infant, two teens and two young girls.   

The RACQ CQ Rescue crew reported an incredible act of selflessness as a man and woman at the scene - believed to be Eungella residents and rural firefighters - opted to have their family, including a baby, board the helicopter while they stayed to continue fighting fires on the range.  

Updating the Deepwater fire, QFES advised at 12.30am that an extremely large and unpredictable fire was moving in a southeasterly direction towards Lindy Drive, Emery Road, Fernfield Road and Coast Road.


Police have been patrolling the area to ensure no one returned to their homes as the fire could have a significant impact on the community.

The Fraser Coast Chronicle is reporting firefighters had to attend two fires near Takura.

It is believed the second fire, at Toogoom 4WD tracks off Torbanlea-Pialba Rd, started as a result of a car fire which spread to nearby grass.

The central Queensland fires, believed to be deliberately lit during the catastrophic weather conditions, resulted in more than 8000 people being evacuated from their homes.

As those fires now come under control, police will allege two men each deliberately lit fires in the area.

A 27-year-old man is accused of lighting a grass fire beside the Burnett Highway at Port Curtis, south of Rockhampton, just after 8000 homes were heroically saved from a fast-moving bushfire near Gracemere 15km away.

A 26-year-old man has been charged with endangering property by fire, after allegedly setting alight vegetation at Rockhampton on Wednesday.

Some 114 wildfires were last night still burning around the state and more than 240 fire crews were battling blazes.

Heatwave conditions are expected into next week.

The weather bureau has warned a reprieve is days away, with temperatures 5C-10C above average forecast for many areas.

During her visit to Miriam Vale yesterday, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced a Queensland bushfire appeal to help those affected

"I want all of Queensland and Australia to dig deep, because we need to help people," she said.

"The state government is going to put in $125,000 up front, straight away.

"Organisations such as Givit, The Salvation Army, Lifeline and others are going to partner with us, so please, I need Queenslanders to dig deep."

  • Brisbane: Fire ban issued for Brisbane residents, beginning just after midnight this morning until the end of Sunday December 2- Moreton Bay, Brisbane City and Redland City Local Government Areas.
  • Toowoomba: Fire ban issued for parts of south-west Queensland has been extended until the end of Tuesday December 4 - Toowoomba, Southern Downs, Goondiwindi, Western Downs and Maranoa Local Government areas - ended at midnight.
  • Oyster Creek: A 'stay informed' warning is in place. As at 12.30am, an extremely large and unpredictable fire is burning near Oyster Creek. 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 and crews are working in the area. Phone Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you or your property is under threat.
  • Deepwater, Baffle Creek, Rules Beach: A 'stay informed' alert is in place and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services warns people: "DO NOT RETURN if you have evacuated, as conditions are too dangerous". Roads may be blocked by fallen debris and road conditions remain extremely dangerous. Police are patrolling the area to ensure no one returns while crews work hard to contain the fire. As at 12.30am, an extremely large and unpredictable fire is moving in a south-easterly direction towards Lindy Drive, Emery Road, Fernfield Road and Coast Road. The fire could have a significant impact on the community. The area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.
  • Finch Hatton/Kowarit Gorge: Prepare to leave warning remains in place. QFES advises '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 9.35pm Friday 30 November, a bushfire is travelling from Gorge Road, Finch Hatton in a south-westerly direction towards Mackay Eungella Road. The fire is likely to impact this area. Fire crews are working to contain the fire but firefighters may not be able to protect every property. 
  • Eungella:  Prepare to leave alert in place as authorities warn conditions could get worse. As at 9.35pm, there was a bushfire in the Broken River, Crediton, Eungella and Dalrymple Heights areas. The fire is likely to impact this area. The latest alert comes after a 'seek shelter' alert just after 6pm, warning it was now too late to leave the area as driving would be 'extremely dangerous'. Authorities advised the fire was expected to have a life-threatening impact on the community. Crews were working to contain the fire, with help from waterbombing aircraft.
  • Takura: Crews are still on scene at a vegetation fire burning near Toogoom Cane Road, Takura. There is no threat to property at this time. Crews will be backburning in the area and smoke may affect Takura and surrounds.
  • Captain Creek: As at 7.50pm, an unpredictable fire was travelling in a south-easterly direction towards Captain Creek. Fire breaks have been established to protect houses on the southern side of Murphy Road and along Avocado Crescent but it may still impact Murphy Road, west of Avocado Crescent. A prepare to leave warning is in place. Fire crews are conducting backburning operations in an effort to contain the fire. The Eurimbula National Park, including Eurimbula Creek Camp Ground and Middle Creek Camp Ground, are closed to the public. Police are patrolling the area. 
  • Rungoo: A 'stay informed' advice is in place. As at 7.15pm, a vegetation fire was burning near an unnamed Rungoo road, in a south-easterly direction near the Cardwell Range. This fire was posing no threat to property at that time.
  • Ellerbeck: A 'stay informed' warning is in place for Ellerbeck, near Caldwell. At 7.10pm, a large fire was burning near Ellerbeck Road, Attie Creek Road and Elphinstone Range. Crews are monitoring the fire overnight and may backburnin the area.
  • Kabra/Stanwell: As at 6.40pm,, this bushfire was burning within containment lines between Malchi Nine Mile Road, Pipeline Road, Meteor Park Road, Kabra. Hopper Road has now reopened.
  • Winfield: Prepare to leave warning remains in place. As at 6.45pm, an unpredictable fire was travelling in a southerly direction towards Baffle Creek. If the fire crosses Baffle Creek, the fire may impact the area between Ferry Road and Winfield. Fire crews are conducting backburning operations overnight and will continue to monitor backburning throughout the day tomorrow. Crews are also working to strengthen containment lines but firefighters may not be able to protect every property.
  • Tinnanbar: Crews remain on scene at a bushfire burning on the eastern side of Tinnanbar Road, Tinnanbar. The fire is contained and is posing no threat to property at this time. Smoke may affect the Tinnanbar township over the coming days.
  • The Caves: As at 6.30pm, the bushfire was burning within containment lines between Spring Creek Close and Rossmoya Road, The Caves.
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