Bushfire evacuations north of Brisbane

Bushfire evacuations north of Brisbane

25 August 2006

published by http://www.theage.com.au

An RSPCA animal shelter and a resort were both evacuated on Friday as strong winds and high temperatures fanned bushfires in Brisbane’s north and spotfires on the Sunshine Coast.

Animals from an RSPCA shelter were evacuated at Dakabin and the blaze came close to homes before it was controlled.

Further north on the Sunshine Coast, the Seacove resort was evacuated as spot fires broke out near Coolum. Staff and guests were later allowed to return after firefighters back burnt.

Police said the David Low Way was closed thick smoke at 4.30pm (AEST) but was reopened shortly before 6pm.

Near the south-east Queensland town of Gympie, a forest fire was burning at Wolvi, around six kilometres from the annual Gympie Muster musical festival.

Queensland Fire and Rescue spokesman Andrew Berkman said water bombing on Friday afternoon had helped ease that threat.

Firefighters in the south-east were now looking forward to lighter winds and a cooler change.

Temperatures were expected to reach the mid 20s in the Brisbane area after Amberley, near Ipswich, recorded 33.4 degrees celsius.

“The winds seem to be changing around and assisting us a bit,” Mr Berkman said.

“Fires can still start but they don’t have the same power behind them.”

National parks and forests in south-east Queensland were closed because of the high fire danger.


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