INSIDE THE FIRE: Elderly evacuated as community refuge fills
UPDATE 9PM: Reports are coming through that an aged care home in the Tewantin area has been evacuated to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital, with empty wards opened up for the residents.
It's unknown yet how many residents have been evacuated to the hospital, or how many aged care facilities in the area had been evacuated.
Meanwhile Noosa MP Sandy Bolton has taken to social media to advise that the Noosa Leisure Centre evacuation centre was now full, and residents fleeing Tewantin, as the fire approached, should head to other evacuation centres at The J in Noosa Junction, Girraween Sports Complex in Noosa Heads, Christian Outreach Church in Noosaville, Noosaville Library (for elderly only).
The Pomona Showgrounds were open for camping, and pets, including horses were welcome, while the Nambour Showgrounds were also open.
UPDATE 7PM: Queensland Fire and Emergency Services public information officer for the Tewantin fire, Kim Gray, says tonight's forecast of 80kmh winds means a torturous night ahead for the region's firefighters.
He said the fire was by no means under control, with so much fuel on the ground, as the entire suburb of Tewantin was being evacuated.
UPDATE 6PM: Noosa Mayor Tony Wellington has described a "very volatile situation" unfolding in the region's north, as "old Tewantin" is evacuated.
Cr Wellington said the blaze was still north of Cooroy-Noosa Road, but there were concerns it may keep moving south.
He said people in old Tewantin had been asked to move in a southerly direction, and evacuation centres had been opened up at The J in Noosaville and the Girraween Sports Complex.
He warned people in 'new Tewantin' in Parklands and Outlook, to stay on alert, but at the moment the focus was on 'old Tewantin'.
"It's going to be a long night, it's going to be a distressing night, my sympathies go out to everyone," Cr Wellington said.
EARLIER: Lakeside Drive Cooroibah resident Craig Hendrie saw very thick smoke angling rapidly toward his home and decided it was time to get out.
"It was moving very quickly so when we got the message to evacuate, we got out," he said.
"I just managed to get the motorbike to McKinnon Drive so my daughter's boyfriend has gone there to collect it."
A mass evacuation is under way with Noosa Council establishing two centres to cater for the number of people flowing from rural residential properties.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has revealed firefighters across Queensland were called out to about 70 fires during the 2018-19 year that started as permitted burns.
An investigation has been launched into the current Noosa fire that has now burned for the past four days.
Thirty fire appliances are on the scene with another 22 on the way while four firebombing helicopters work overhead.
At 3.30pm the fire was fast-moving and travelling in a south westerly direction towards Cooroibah.
It was expected to impact Amaroo Place, Lakeside Drive, Lake Way Drive, Sunset Way, Pines Avenue, Morning Glory Drive, Cassia Avenue, Jirrima Crescent, Lancaster Lane, Green Gate Road, Craigslea Court, Adensfield Court, Exford Court, Edington Drive, Devonstone Drive, Illoura Place, Woodhaven Way, Lake Cooroibah Road and Yatama Place.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said the fire was 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," a spokesman said.
"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."
A spokesman for the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said the Teewah bushfire was an active incident.
"The investigation is ongoing, and the cause of the fire has not been determined," the spokesman said.
The Sunshine Coast Daily understands the fire started as a permitted burn on the south side of the Noosa River.
Fanned by strong winds it jumped the river and burned in a north-easterly direction threatening the small beachside village of Teewah.
A wind shift to the north east then re-ignited the blaze that had been brought under control sending it back south west where it again jumped the river and rapidly engaged dry vegetation today when temperatures topped 36C and humidity dropped to 18 per cent with an 8.8C dew point.
"QFES issues permits with strict conditions for landholders to conduct mitigation burns on their properties," the spokesman said.