Caloundra fire rages towards homes

UPDATED: Emergency services have urged residents living in the path of a Sunshine Coast bushfire to finalise their evacuation plans.

The large fast-moving fire, which forced many residents near Caloundra to evacuate their homes on Friday, has flared up on Saturday morning prompting the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service to urge Little Mountain residents to evacuate.

EARLIER: Brisbane Times reported despite the efforts of fire crews, heavy smoke continued to reduce visibility on Saturday morning and emergency services had prepared themselves for wind changes which could create fresh flare-ups.

RACQ’s Lauren Ritchie said motorists should avoid the areas affected as it could impair visibility behind the wheel.

FRIDAY 4.30pm: RACQ has warned motorists heading north or south on the Bruce Highway near Caloundra to delay travel or seek an alternative route with an out of control bushfire causing peak hour chaos.

Seven News reported the fire on Roys Road had stopped traffic and forced residents in Aura, near Caloundra, to be evacuated.

Ms Ritchie said the fire was creating dangerous conditions for commuters, with visibility significantly reduced.

“The fire has stopped traffic on the Bruce Highway as firefighters try to control the blaze,” Ms Ritchie said.

“Long delays are expected so we’re urging motorists to either avoid the area or delay their travel.”

RACQ Road Conditions has the latest information on delays.