Ten were reportedly destroyed overnight by bushfires near Peregian Beach on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, with emergency services calling for residents in nearby communities to evacuate immediately.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) this morning urged residents of Peregian Beach and Marcus Beach to enact their bushfire survival plan or immediately flee the region towards Noosa.
Those in Peregian Breeze Estate should evacuate in a southerly direction, via Sunshine Motorway.
As of 6.40am today, “a fast-moving fire is travelling in a north, north westerly direction from Peregian Beach and Peregian Breeze Estate,” QFES said.
The blaze is burning towards Marcus Beach.
Residents of Weyba, Weyba Downs, Peregian Springs and Castaways Beach have been advised to ready their bushfire action plan or prepare to leave, pending further developments.
The Courier-Mail reports as many as 100 firefighters are combating the blaze, but QFES says they may be unable to stop its advance.
ABC reports as more than 200 residents sought shelter overnight in the Noosa Leisure Centre, which is serving as a makeshift evacuation centre.
Queensland Police are reportedly speaking to several 12-year-old children in relation to the blaze.
Residents have been urged to visit the Rural Fire Service website for updates, or listen to their local ABC Radio station.
The Peregian Beach blaze is one of several afflicting the state. Aerial footage taken last night shows the extent of the fires further south in the Binna Burra region.
— Queensland Police (@QldPolice) September 9, 2019
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