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KNOW YOUR PLAN: Burrum Heads blaze downgraded

TUESDAY, 2.50pm

RESIDENTS in Burrum Heads are encouraged to keep up to date and know which actions to take if the state of the Burrum Heads bushfire worsens.

As at 2.50pm, the bushfire warning has been downgraded with crews on the ground working to contain the blaze.

Strong winds caused small embers to travel across bushland and igniting a previously unaffected area.

Burrum Heads resident says flames 50ft in air

TUESDAY, 12.30pm

THE Burrum Heads fire has officially been upgraded to "prepare to leave" status.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services announced the change at 12.30pm on Tuesday.

The statement says an erratic fire is travelling from Burrum Heads Road (south of Orchid Drive), Burrum Heads toward the intersection of Pialba Burrum Heads Road and Gillies Road, Burrum Heads. The fire is likely to impact Gillies Road.

TUESDAY, noon

THE Burrum Heads fire has continued to spread with strong winds causing spotting in areas previously unaffected by the fire.

Helicopters carrying water bombs are now on scene in a bid to contain the fire before it spreads further. 

 An Operations Support Unit has arrived from the Sunshine Coast to maintain operational activities.

Acting station officer at Queensland Fire and Emergency service Bevan McPherson, said there were about 16 crews on the ground including SES, the rural fire brigade and QFES.

Emergency services are working to contain the blaze.

Residents are advised to listen to warnings and keep up to date with QFES on Facebook.

UPDATE, 11am

FIREFIGHTERS continue to battle a bushfire at Burrum Heads.

Ten crews are currently at the scene, though there is no current threat to property.

The source of the blaze, which yesterday threatened homes, forced road closures, and required more than 20 firefighting crews, is yet to be determined.

Access to and from Burrum Heads was fully restored about 7pm, though temporary closures were required based on operational needs.

Firefighters battle a blaze at Burrum Heads Rd.
Firefighters battle a blaze at Burrum Heads Rd. Matthew McInerney

UPDATE, 6am

ONE crew is on scene and another en route to the bushfire at Burrum Heads.

The source of the blaze, which yesterday threatened homes, forced road closures, and required more than 20 firefighting crews, is yet to be determined.

Access to and from Burrum Heads was fully restored about 7pm, though temporary closures were required based on operational needs.

The danger has not yet passed. Firefighters will remain at the scene to ensure it does not flare up.

 

UPDATE, 11pm

TEN crews remain at the scene of the bushfire at Burrum Heads.

Firefighters expect to remain at the scene overnight and Tuesday morning.

The source of the blaze is currently unknown. 

Acting Inspector John Pappas told media Queensland Fire and Emergency Service and police would investigate the cause of the fire.

Pialba-Burrum Heads Rd and Burrum Heads Rd were both closed for several hours as more than 20 crews, including helicopters, battled the blaze.

Access to and from Burrum Heads was fully restored about 7pm, though temporary closures may be required based on operational needs.

Firefighters battle a blaze at Burrum Heads Rd.
Firefighters battle a blaze at Burrum Heads Rd. Matthew McInerney

UPDATE 7pm

THE bushfire warning for Burrum Heads has been downgraded as at 6.30pm. 

The fire is continuing to travel south from Burrum Heads Road towards Dreamtime Avenue, Raintree Avenue and Lorikeet Drive to the east of Blue Gum Drive, and Pialba Burrum Heads Road, Burrum Heads.

There are currently 16 crews on scene with firefighters backburning and strengthening containment lines in a bid to contain the fire. 

Firefighters will continue to work throughout the night. 

Residents are encouraged to be prepared to evacuate in case the situation changes.

Burrum Heads Road has now been reopened but may temporarily close to allow for operational activities.

 

A major fire at Burrum Heads is expected to impact homes by 4.30pm, Monday.
A major fire at Burrum Heads is expected to impact homes by 4.30pm, Monday. Inge Hansen

UPDATE 5.50pm

AN EVACUATION Centre has been established in Hervey Bay for Burrum Heads residents threatened by the large bushfire which broke out this afternoon.

The centre is at Hervey Bay Baptist Church on 20 Nikenbah Dundowran Road, Nikenbah.

The bushfire warning for Burrum Heads has been downgraded as at 5.10pm however QFES urged residents to remain vigilant.

A QFES spokesperson said residents north of Orchid Drive were safe with the blaze headed in a southern direction.

Conditions could get worse.

UPDATE

RESIDENTS of Burrum Heads have been urged to evacuate after a rapidly moving fire broke out on Burrum Heads Road about 2pm.

About 325 acres have been affected by the blaze with 19 urban and rural fire crews on scene.

At 3.10pm, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) ordered those living in Burrum Heads to activate their bush fire survival plan or to leave immediately.

Burrum Heads residents who were not in the area at the time were urged not to return as conditions were too dangerous. 

A major fire at Burrum Heads is expected to impact homes by 4.30pm, Monday.
A major fire at Burrum Heads is expected to impact homes by 4.30pm, Monday. Inge Hansen

The fire is currently travelling in a southern and south-easterly direction from Burrum Heads Road toward Pialba Burrum Heads Road and Gillies Road.

With winds relatively strong, the fire was expected to impact homes in the vicinity of the intersection of Burrum Heads Road and Pialba Burrum Heads Road around 4.30pm.

Rural Fire Brigade inspector, Konrad Sawczyunski, said the main focus was to protect life and properties.

Cars parked near the intersection of Pialba-Burrum Heads Rd and Toogoom are where police have closed the road due to a fire at Burrum Heads.
Cars parked near the intersection of Pialba-Burrum Heads Rd and Toogoom are where police have closed the road due to a fire at Burrum Heads. Matthew McInerney

"We're trying to keep (the fire) as contained as we possibly can," Insp Sawczyunski said.

Burrum Heads Road has been closed off by police from all directions as the fire crossed over the road.

The closures have left many residents stranded on their way home from work.

Corey Alexander, 22, was on his way home from work driving on Beach Road when he was stopped by police.

"I saw all this big black smoke and I was hoping I'd be able to drive through but we got stopped (by police)," Mr Alexander said.

"I live in Hervey Bay so I'm hoping the roads open soon because I'd love to get home and do my activities."

In order to "kill time", Mr Alexander and many other workers decided to visit Burrum Heads Hotel for a drink.

Owner, Steve Hohn, said he had about 30 tradesman flood into the hotel to escape sitting in traffic.

"We have a bunch of tradies come in because they can't get home and they don't know whether they'll be able to so they've come here for a drink," Mr Hohn said.

Cars parked near the intersection of Pialba-Burrum Heads Rd and Toogoom are where police have closed the road due to a fire at Burrum Heads.
Cars parked near the intersection of Pialba-Burrum Heads Rd and Toogoom are where police have closed the road due to a fire at Burrum Heads. Matthew McInerney

Michelle Bryan from Burrum Hair Lounge said she had staff and customers who were not able to attend appointments due to road closures. 

"We can see so much big smoke and we have people just sitting in their cars in the car park because they have no where else to go," she said.

"The winds are picking up so that's a big worry."

It is possible water, power and mobile phone service could be lost. 

Anyone in the area will be affected by smoke as it will reduce visibility and air quality.

Residents should call triple zero (000) if they believe they are under threat.  

EARLIER

FIREFIGHTERS have urged Burrum Heads residents to leave.  

A bushfire is threatening properties in Burrum Heads, and conditions are expected to worsen.  

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Service statement said a fast and erratic fire was travelling in a southern and south-easterly direction from Burrum Heads Rd towards Pialba-Burrum Heads Rd and Gillies Rd, Burrum Heads.  

The fire is expected to impact homes about 4.30pm, and could have a significant impact on the community.  

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