Residents have been told to evacuate as bushfires rage in the Beer Mountains and Glass House

By Padraig Collins and Peter Vincent for Daily Mail Australia

05:45 17 September 2023, updated 06:32 17 September 2023



Residents of a rural central Queensland town have been told to “leave immediately” as fast-moving bushfires reach towards people and homes, putting “lives at risk”.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services issued the warning to Emerald residents at about 1.15pm on Sunday, saying the warning area covered homes along Selma Road between Emerald Road and Fairbairn Dam Road.

A second fire is burning in the Glasshouse Mountains National Park near Beerwah on the Sunshine Coast.

Firefighters are also battling a fire in New South Wales, north of Cessnock Road in Neath, 4km from the town of Cessnock in the Hunter Valley.

The Central Queensland fire warning area also includes Fairbairn State Forest, and residents had to leave immediately, the service said.

Firefighters are battling a fire (pictured) in New South Wales, north of Cessnock Road in Neath, 4km from the town of Cessnock in the Hunter Valley.
The Neath fire was filmed encroaching on neighboring homes 4km from the town of Cessnock

“A fast fire is burning near Fairburn State Forest.” The warning said it is expected to affect Selma Road in the coming hours.

‘Your life could be in danger. It will soon be very dangerous to drive.

Read more: Dark warning about bushfire risk if ‘strongest El Niño ever’ hits Australia.

Australia is expected to burn if El Niño returns as expected, bringing hot and dry conditions.

Firefighting aircraft were used to help crews on the ground contain the fire.

The service warned people in Emerald not to call Zero if their lives are in danger, and not to expect a firefighter to arrive at their door.

The service said that electricity, water and cell phone services may soon stop working, smoke will make it difficult to see and breathe, and the weather will be hot and hot with the possibility of explosions nearby.

She warned people to check road closures before they leave via the QLD Traffic website, and said if they did not leave, they could be isolated.

Those who could not leave safely were advised to find a safe place to take shelter, preferably in a brick building, and close the ventilation holes.

A QFES spokesman described the Emerald Fire as a “large grass fire” about 2 kilometers in size and that 10 crews were battling it.

Five more crews were dispatched by 2 p.m.

At 1.54pm, another warning was issued for a “fast-moving” fire burning in the Glasshouse Mountains National Park.

Residents of a rural central Queensland town have been told to “leave immediately” as fast-moving bushfires reach towards people and homes, putting “lives at risk”. A second fire is burning in the Glasshouse Mountains National Park (pictured) near Beerwah on the Sunshine Coast
Rain ‘fuels growth’ for spreading bushfires, with large parts of New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory at increased risk

The fire was expected to reach Mawsons Road “within the hour”. The warning area also includes Holt Road.

The latest fires follow a stark warning that Australia could be in for its worst bushfire season in years.

The Met Office has met with state and national emergency services agencies, fire services and climate authorities to issue a high-level warning to “prepare now”.

Australia is emerging from “consecutive La Niña years”, which brought heavy rains, into a period characterized by “higher chances of above-average temperatures and below-average rainfall across almost all parts of the country”, a new report says.

Protect yourself and your property from life-threatening wildfires

  • Clean your gutters of leaves and twigs
  • Install metal gutter guards
  • Repair damaged or missing tiles on the roof
  • Install fine metal mesh screens on windows and doors
  • Install seals around doors and windows to eliminate gaps
  • Enclose the areas under the house
  • Repair or cover gaps in exterior walls
  • Connect the fire sprinkler system to the gutters
  • Keep lawns short and gardens well maintained
  • – Cutting trees and shrubs hanging from all buildings
  • Clean up fallen leaves, twigs and debris around the property
  • Get hoses long enough to reach all parts of your home
  • If you have a pool, tank or dam, place a Standing Water Supply (SWS) sign at the entrance to your property, so firefighters know where to get water
  • Check and maintain adequate levels of home and contents insurance. Make sure it is up to date
  • Prepare a bushfire survival plan – which includes what to do if a bushfire occurs – that everyone in the household understands. Examples are available on the QFES website and the NSW Rural Fire Service website

If a bushfire is approaching, leave as soon as possible – especially make sure children and the elderly get out.

If you plan to conduct a burn larger than 2 meters in any direction in Queensland, you need to obtain a burn permit. Talk to your local fire warden or head to the QFES website.

To find out if you need a fire permit in NSW, go to the NSW Rural Fire Service website.

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