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.
“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.
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.
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.
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