A waterbombing helicopter drops a load on a bushfire burning on the eastern side of Mt Coolum.
A waterbombing helicopter drops a load on a bushfire burning on the eastern side of Mt Coolum. john mccutcheon

Crews focus on eastern flank of Mt Coolum bushfire

UPDATE 5.40PM: Firefighting crews are working on the eastern flank of a fire that is burning on the eastern side of Mt Coolum.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said the southern end of the blaze was being held by firefighters and the northern end had been contained.

She said no threat to property had been reported.

A bushfire investigator is expected to visit the scene on Wednesday morning.


UPDATE 4.50PM: Mt Coolum walking tracks have been closed as ground crews and a waterbombing helicopter work to control a bushfire.

The mood was calm among Dharalee Ct residents as a helicopter flew past to drop a load of water on the fire.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesman said the fire was not threatening homes but smoke was affecting the surrounding area.

An observation helicopter is also flying in the area.

The walking tracks will remain closed until further notice.

EARLIER: Air support has been called in to help control a bushfire burning on the eastern side of Mt Coolum.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesman said a 000 call alerting crews to the fire was received at 2.50pm Tuesday.

The spokesman said the nearest road access to the fire was Eastern Ct but the fire was not threatening that street or any other property at this stage.

He said one urban and three rural firefighting crews were at the fire and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service personnel had also been called.

Waterbombing aircraft have been organised to assist them.


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