Fire threat hits close to home for local journo
IT WAS a warning no one wanted to hear again as a raging bushfire broke out north of Peregian Springs just after 1pm on Wednesday.
It was a case of deja vu as nervous residents were on alert, the September bushfire disaster still fresh in their minds.
Burning in the vicinity of Peregian Springs Drive, Sunshine Motorway (also known as Emu Mountain Road), Doonan Bridge Road North and Grays Road, more than 60 crews and water bombing helicopters we called to prevent the fire advancing towards homes.
Around 80 homes were evacuated as an emergency declaration was made for areas of Peregian Springs, Lake Weyba, Doonan and Weyba Downs.
Crews managed to bring the fire under control by evening, with the emergency declaration revoked and residents told it was safe to return to their homes at 9pm.
For myself, it was a one of those times when reality kicks in and you realise what is most important: your family and loved ones.
As I was evacuated from my home just after 3pm it was a case of pack what's essential, let the chickens out and hose down the house before leaving and hoping the situation wouldn't deteriorate.
While I knew no direct properties were under threat, a million thoughts cross your mind and you think what might happen over the course of the evening.
Thankfully the hard working emergency services and favourable conditions allowed us to sleep in our own beds that night.
After months reporting on the devastating fires situations both at Peregian and Cooroibah, having this emergency come so close to home was a stark reminder of how important a bushfire survival plan is, you just never know when you might come under threat.
As at 1.40pm, Thursday, the bushfire situation is at Watch and Act with water bombing helicopters on scene to assist ground crews.
The Sunshine Motorway between Walter Hay Drive and Murdering Creek Road remain closed.