A bushfire destroys properties at Mount Beppo, near Toogoolawah.
A bushfire destroys properties at Mount Beppo, near Toogoolawah. ABC News

UPDATE: Fire sweeps through estimated 3000 hectares

UPDATE:  Fire crews are working to strengthen containment lines of a fire burning near Toogoolawah. 

Nine fire appliances are still being used within the area and back burning is taking place in areas of concern. 

Rural Fire Service West Moreton Area Director Peter Roberts said crews were working to ensure the community was safe, but said the fire was not threatening any homes at this stage. 

Crews are also working to assess the damage caused by the fire which continued to burn throughout last night. 

Mr Roberts said estimates suggested approximately 3000 hectares had been scorched by the fast-moving blaze. 

He said crews were likely to remain in the area for several days yet, but had every confidence the fire would be brought under control and declared safe "by this afternoon."

EARLIER 8.50am: Queensland Fire and Emergency crews are still working to bring a large grass fire under control near Toogoolawah.

Despite the best efforts of fire crews, Somerset Regional Council this morning confirmed one residential house and several outhouses and sheds had been lost to the fire.

The fire is burning east of the Brisbane Valley Highway, near Mount Beppo Rd, Mount Beppo, Cressbrook Caboonbah Rd, Cressbrook and in the vicinity Lower Cressbrook.

Properties are not under direct threat at this time.

The bushfire began yesterday and burnt through the night.

Water bombing aircraft operated during daylight hours in an attempt to control the blaze.

319 homes in the area remain without power according to Energex reports.

Somerset Regional Council Mayor Graeme Lehmann said the fire was wide-spread and fast moving.

"It's absolutely devastating and our thoughts are with all those impacted," Cr Lehmann said.

"We will be working with QFES this morning to ascertain the extent of the damage, the number of impacted properties and landholders and we will provide assistance to authorities and impacted residents, wherever possible."

QFES confirmed with council that residents who are in the impacted area that left their properties yesterday and are behind the fire front can return to their properties to inspect damage.

The current bushfire warning level as of 8.50am is ADVICE.

Residents should keep up to date and decide what actions they will take if the situation changes.

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

Call triple zero (000) immediately if you believe you or your property is under threat.


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