Fire burning in bush between Eli Waters and Dundowran.
Fire burning in bush between Eli Waters and Dundowran. Alistair Brightman

UPDATE: Firefighters get control of wild Hervey Bay fire

 

WHAT was formerly a large, out-of-control grass fire in Eli Waters Dundowran, has been brought under control.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) urged residents to be prepared to leave on Sunday afternoon, but the warning has since been downgraded.

The previous bushfire warning for Eli Waters has been downgraded. 

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there is a bushfire in Eli Waters.

As of 7.10pm, the bushfire was still travelling from Ansons Road, Dundowran towards Eli Waters.

It is heading in the direction of Fishburn Way, Lady Penrhyn Dr, Protector Way and Endeavour Way.

Firefighters are strengthening containment lines and conducting backburning operations in the area to control the blaze.

Waterbombing operations have concluded for the day.

Firefighters will remain on scene throughout the night to monitor the fire.

 

Firefighters monitor a fire at Eli Waters.
Firefighters monitor a fire at Eli Waters. Contributed

At its peak, about 20 crews consisting of about 80 firefighters worked to control the blaze.

A helicopter flew over the site, waterbombing the area.

Residents in Eli Waters, Hervey Bay and Dundowran are warned that they may be affected by smoke, and are asked to close windows and doors.

Crews are conducting backburning operations and strengthening containment lines.

The Chronicle understands the fire was initially a permit burn that got out of control.

Crews were called about 10.30am



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