Multiple crews are on the frontlines at Noosa North Shore battling a blaze which broke out this morning, forcing another evacuation. Photo: Patrick Woods/Sunshine Coast Daily
Multiple crews are on the frontlines at Noosa North Shore battling a blaze which broke out this morning, forcing another evacuation. Photo: Patrick Woods/Sunshine Coast Daily Patrick Woods

LEAVE NOW: ‘Unpredictable’ fire threatens as residents evacuate

UPDATE 2pm:

The unpredictable fire burning at Noosa North Shore continues to burn out of control.

Resident have been told to evacuate and fire crews are working with waterbombing aircraft to contain the fire.

The latest QFES update remain the same as at 11.50am.

 

UPDATE: 11.50am:

AN OUT of control bushfire is burning at Noosa North Shore with residents told to evacuate immediately.

Currently as at 11.40am Wednesday, November 13, an unpredictable fire is burning on Noosa North Shore near the First Cutting.

The fire may soon impact the Wallaby Track and QFES has advised residents on Noosa North Shore to leave immediately.

People leaving the area should take the Noosa River Ferry to Moorindil Street.

An evacuation centre has been established at the Noosa Leisure Centre on Wallace Drive.

"Follow your bushfire survival plan now," a QFES statement said.

"If you do not have a plan, your safest option is to leave immediately if it is clear to do so."

"If you cannot leave, identify where you will seek shelter from the bushfire."

"If you are not in the area, do not return, as conditions are too dangerous."

"The fire is 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.

"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."

Power, water, and mobile phone service may be lost and road conditions may become very dangerous over the next several hours.

People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you are under threat.

The next update will be provided by 1.40pm or if the situation changes.

Noosa North Shore resident Glenda Lane said it was "upsetting" to be evacuated again.

This is the second time in less than a week she has had to flee her home but thanked staff and volunteers for their work both on the ground and at evacuation centres.

 

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:

•Listen to your local radio station or visit the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website for regular updates.

•If you have a bushfire survival plan, refer to it now and be ready to follow it.

•If you do not have a bushfire survival plan, or if your plan is to leave, identify where you will go if the situation changes.

•Close windows and doors to minimise smoke exposure.

•If you suffer from a respiratory condition, keep your medication close by.

•Drive with caution in low visibility conditions.

•Contact your neighbours to see if they need help preparing for the bushfire.

•Consider finding your essential items (e.g., identification documents, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing such as a long-sleeved cotton shirt and trousers, and boots) in case you need to leave.

•Consider what you will do to protect your pets and livestock.

•Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

•Advise family and friends of your intended actions if the situation changes.

KEEP UP TO DATE BY:

•Following QFES on Facebook (@QldFireandEmergencyServices) and Twitter (@QldFES)

•Staying tuned to your local radio station. Find your local ABC radio station at https://radio.abc.net.au/help/offline and your local commercial radio station at http://www.commercialradio.com.au/find-a-station/queensland;

•Visiting the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map

FURTHER INFORMATION:

•For bushfire preparation tips, visit the RFS website: www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/BushFire_Safety

•For information about road closures, call 13 19 40 or visit www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au

 

 

UPDATE 10.05am:

Residents are being evacuated from their homes as waterbombing aircraft works to fight a new fire that broke out on Noosa North Shore this morning near First Cutting.

The fire may impact the Wallaby Track soon so residents are advised to leave now.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises is urging resident to follow their bushfire survival plan now.

"If you do not have a plan, your safest option is to leave now if it is clear to do so."

"If you are not in the area, do not return, as conditions are too dangerous."

Currently as at 10.05am Wednesday, November 13, a bushfire is burning in the vicinity of Beach Road and the First Cutting.

This fire could have a significant impact on the community.

People leaving the area should take the Noosa River Ferry to Moorindil Street.

An evacuation centre has been established at the Noosa Leisure Centre on Wallace Drive.

Ground crews and waterbombing aircraft are working to contain the fire but firefighters may not be able to protect every property.

You should not expect a firefighter at your door. Power, water, and mobile phone service may be lost.

People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you are under threat.

A separate bushfire warning is no longer in place for Noosa North Shore (part of the Cooroibah fire). All residents on Noosa North Shore should refer to this bushfire warning.

The next update will be provided by 12.05pm or if the situation changes.

Police are redirecting traffic in Tewantin from heading towards Noosa River Ferry.

 

 

EARLIER: NOOSA'S worst fire fears are unfolding right now on Noosa North Shore with a fresh outbreak of flames at First Cutting reported at 9.05am.

Multiple QFES crews and waterbombing aircraft are on scene working to contain the fire.

Residents are asked to keep up to date and decide what actions you will take if the situation changes.

The First Cutting bushfire is burning in the vicinity of Beach Rd and the First Cutting.

People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you or your property is under threat.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said the fire is a separate incident to the Cooroibah fire affecting Noosa North Shore.

"Residents in Noosa North Shore who are affected by the Cooroibah fire should refer to the current bushfire warning Noosa North Shore (part of the Cooroibah fire)," the QFES alert said.