Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have issued a prepare to leave warning for residents at Cooloolabin, with a bushfire level of watch and act. Photo: Contributed
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have issued a prepare to leave warning for residents at Cooloolabin, with a bushfire level of watch and act. Photo: Contributed

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UPDATE: 3:50PM: Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have confirmed the bushfire at Cooloolabin has been contained, hours after it broke out. 

Around 23 crews managed to contain the fire by 3.35pm. 

The prepare to leave warning has been downgraded to stay in formed, particularly as mercury rises. 

Crews are starting to stand down now. 

EARLIER 3:30PM: BACKBURNING efforts by more than 20 Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews has been successful on a vegetation fire at Cooloolabin, near Yandina.

While the fire is not yet fully contained, authorities say backburning and water bombing efforts were successful.  

Nichols Rd residents Dan and Michelle Jorgensen said their neighbours heard paint "exploding off their home" and that it was a "major" incident.

Mrs Jorgensen said she understood everyone was unhurt.

"Thank god everyone is safe, our place is under control. It was a good outcome," she said.

"It didn't come too close to our house, and we have a fire exit strategy in place with Wappa Dam at the end of our road."

EARLIER: QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services have issued a prepare to leave warning for residents at Cooloolabin, with a bushfire level of watch and act.

QFES advises there is a bushfire in the Yandina region and conditions could get worse.

Authorities say the fire is travelling in an easterly direction from Cooloolabin Rd to Nichols Rd.

Twenty-three firefighting crews are on scene at the bushfire, with one en route. 

A QFES media spokeswoman said aerial units are in place to water bomb the fire, described as a vegetation fire.

It was first called in at 12.45pm.

The spokeswoman said powerlines are within the area in question.

The fire is likely to impact both roads.

Crews are working to contain the blaze, but firefighters may not be able to protect every property.

Residents should not expect firefighters at their doors.

You need to be ready to follow your bushfire survival plan. If you do not have a plan, or intend to leave, you should be ready to leave the area because the situation could get worse quickly.

People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

Call triple-0 immediately if you believe your property is under threat.


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