Fire threat continues as residents urged to flee

With more than 100,000 acres of bush burning across the State, RACQ has urged Queenslanders to stay on alert this weekend, as the threat was far from over.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services ordered residents of Lower Beechmont, Noosa North Shore and Jimna to evacuate on Friday night with fast moving fires coming close to homes. 

Queensland’s Northern Goldfields and Upper Flinders, Herbert and Lower Burdekin, Central Coast and Whitsundays, Capricornia and Wide Bay and Burnett areas remained under high fire danger warnings on Saturday. 

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said it was vital locals stayed across the latest updates. 

“These weather conditions are wreaking havoc for firefighters as they try to contain the blazes,” Ms Ritchie said. 

“It’s so important residents in these areas stay across the latest information because things can change very quickly. 

“Make sure you and your family have an evacuation plan in place in case you need to leave suddenly, and tune into your local radio station and on social media for updates and advice from the authorities.” 

Ms Ritchie said the fires also posed a danger to drivers with thick smoke reducing visibility on the roads.

“For the latest road closures and hazard warnings, visit RACQ's Road Conditions website and avoid getting behind the wheel if you don’t need to - it’s just too dangerous.” 

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