Property may be lost in qld bushfire

Property may be lost in qld bushfire

19 January 2017

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AUSTRALIA -— A fast moving bushfire at Coolum on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast may destroy property, firefighters have warned.

Residents in the vicinity of Doonan Bridge Road and Arcoona Road have been told to enact their bushfire plans.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services says firefighters are having difficulty controlling the blaze, which is moving quickly and expected to impact Doonan Bridge Road early on Thursday evening.

“The fire is expected to impact on the Coolum Beach community and there is a chance that some property may be lost. Power, water and mobile phone supplies may be lost in the area over the next several hours,” a watch and act alert said.

“Residents are strongly advised to leave now if their plan is to do so or if they don’t have a plan.”

Earlier on Thursday, police shut the Sunshine Motorway in both directions after flames jumped the road.

Workers at nearby facilities were evacuated when the blaze started burning in close proximity to the gas depot.

The fire started in a nearby national park before breaking containment lines, with emergency services alerted around 1pm.

Police have declared an exclusion zone and are assisting with evacuations on Arcoona Road and Doonan Bridge Road.

The zone encompasses David Low Way, Springfield Avenue, Cinnamon Avenue, Park Crescent and Coolum Yandina Road.

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