Major highway cut by fire

The State’s peak motoring body has warned drivers to avoid unnecessary travel after a major highway was closed due to a fast-moving bushfire north of Toowoomba.

The Cunningham Highway was shut to all traffic at Cunningham Gap on Wednesday morning, and surrounding residents, including Spicers Peak Lodge, were told to prepare to leave.

RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said with concerns conditions could worsen, the Club urged drivers to reconsider their need to travel.

“Smoke is causing poor visibility across the south east today, so please rethink your plans and if you need to drive, make sure you’re doing so to conditions,” Ms Smith said.

“Pop your lights on, your air conditioner to recirculate, slow down and don’t attempt to drive into areas where it’s too dangerous.

“You can view the latest road closures on our Road Conditions website.”

Ms Smith said the Club had received 29 claims for fire damage to property and vehicles across Queensland.

“If you need to make a claim and it’s safe to return to your property, we’re here to help,” she said.

“We have specialist staff responding to and assessing claims and have emergency payments available to members who need it.”

Members who needed to make a claim should call 13 7202.