qld bushfire

The bushfire started at The Falls, south-east of Warwick, about 2pm on Saturday. Courtesy:: Toby Crockford

Guests at Spring Creek Mountain Cafe and Cottages in southern Queensland have fled, after a bushfire clouded the area in heavy smoke over the weekend.

Owner Bev Ruskey said the fire caused all guests to leave and was disappointed by locals’ lack of care during the extreme heat.

The bushfire started at The Falls, south-east of Warwick, about 2pm on Saturday and Ms Ruskey alerted fire crews after spotting the smoke and “hearing the crackling”.

Firefighters thought they had extinguished the fire during the evening, but it sparked again the next morning, with Ms Ruskey able to see the flames and “hear trees crashing down”.

Crews returned and spent the day monitoring and containing the slow-moving fire, which is expected to burn through an inaccessible area for the next few days and continue sending heavy smoke into the air.

“All the guests have left and four guests who were to check in to (sic) the cottages for the next two nights have decided not to stay because of the smoke,” Ms Ruskey said in a Facebook post.

“A loss of business all round due to the thoughtlessness of some people.”

Ms Ruskey added the temperature reached 44 degrees down the bottom of the Spring Creek Mountain on Sunday.

Source: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/bushfire-near-spring-creek-mountain-being-monitored-by-fire-crews-20170212-gub32y.html