Firefighter Alain Bouvier controls the Tewantin blaze. Picture: Eumundi Rural Fire Brigade.
Firefighter Alain Bouvier controls the Tewantin blaze. Picture: Eumundi Rural Fire Brigade.

Tewantin blaze a frightening sign of things to come

The Tewantin bushfire which escalated from what began as a hazard reduction burn was an unwelcome reminder of the fires that decimated parts of the Coast only nine months ago.

Multiple fire crews and water bombing helicopters were called to the Tewantin blaze on Monday afternoon after the hazard reduction burn conducted by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services got out of hand.

The Daily has reached out to Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service for more details on what caused Monday's fire to get away.

The controlled burn began between Eumundi Noosa Rd and Lake Entrance Blvd and crossed Eumundi Noosa Rd and was burning west into the national park in Tewantin.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advised Parks and Wildlife are monitoring the bushfire, but it is now contained and poses no threat to property as of Tuesday morning.

Smoke may affect the immmediate and surrounding areas throughout the day.

No one was injured and no property was damaged during the fire but it served as a strong reminder to all residents to be prepared this bushfire season.

Federal Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud said on Tuesday that all Australians, especially those in high-risk areas, should be preparing to protect their family and property against bushfires.

"While communities across Australia are continuing to recover and rebuild from the horrific 2019-20 bushfire season, the next challenge is to make sure we are all prepared for the risks facing us over the coming summer," Mr Littleproud said.

"In the southeast of the country, experts are warning of potentially hazardous grassland fires due to above average levels of growth brought on by wetter than average conditions expected through spring.

"In Queensland, the outlook is for above normal fire potential in the south east and central coast, extending to the north."


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