Residents in Winfield, Lowmead urged to leave as Baffle Creek bushfire flares up in Queensland
Residents in Winfield and Lowmead, north of Bundaberg, have been advised to leave immediately as a bushfire burns near Baffle Creek.
- Fire is burning south of Coast road, north of Baffle Creek, and travelling south
- Carmila residents south of Mackay also told to prepare to leave with bushfire burning near Carmila West Road
- Relief still three or four days away with no significant rain on the horizon
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) said leaving immediately was the safest option for residents, as it will soon be too dangerous to drive.
“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,” QFES said in a statement.
It said the Winfield blaze was burning south of Coast Road, north of Baffle Creek, and travelling south. If embers from the fire crossed Baffle Creek, it would impact the area between Ferry Road and Winfield.
“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,” QFES said.
A leave now advisory was also issued for Lowmead, west of Baffle Creek.
A fire is travelling south towards Lowmead, affecting Clarkes Road and Mackellor Road.
An evacuation centre has been opened at Miriam Vale Community Centre.
Meanwhile residents in Carmila, south of Mackay, have been told to prepare to leave with the bushfire warning level there at “watch and act”.
At 3:00pm (AEST) a large fire was travelling from Carmila West Road in an easterly direction towards Majors Road.
With 115 fires continuing to burn around the state, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has warned it could be three or four days before relief arrives, with no significant rain on the horizon in central Queensland.