Coolum blaze: Police declare emergency, evacuate area

Coolum blaze: Police declare emergency, evacuate area Courtesy:SunShineCoast Daily

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is advising residents in the vicinity of Zgrajewski Road, Arcoona Road and Yandina Coolum Road, Coolum to enact their bushfire plans.

At 1.35pm on January 20 a large bushfire was located at Coolum. The large and fast moving fire is travelling in a south-westerly direction and is expected to impact the areas of Zgrajewski Road, Arcoona Road and Yandina Coolum Road, Coolum around 3pm.

This fire is moving quickly and firefighters are experiencing difficulty in controlling it. Spot fires may occur ahead of the fire front and embers are also being thrown from the fire.

The fire is expected to impact on the Coolum community and there is a chance that some property may be lost.

Power, water and mobile phone supplies may be lost in the area over the next several hours.

It will be very hot and windy and as the fire approaches it may become increasingly difficult to see, hear or breathe.

Residents are strongly advised to leave now if their plan is to do so or if they don’t have a plan. Leaving is the safest option for survival.

Well prepared and defended homes can offer safety during the fire and may be defendable.

Currently, 30 fire crews are working to contain the blaze but firefighters will not be able to protect every affected

property and residents should not expect a firefighter at their door.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat.

Residents should consider taking precautionary measures including:

-Putting on protective clothing;

-Drinking lots of water;

-Moving car/s to a safe location;

-Closing windows and doors and shutting blinds;

-Bringing pets inside, restraining them (leash, cage or secure room) and providing water;

-Wetting down fine fuels close to buildings;

-Removing garden furniture, doormats and other items;

-Sealing all gaps under doors and screens;

-Filling containers with water – eg bath, sinks, buckets, wheelie bins;

-Having ladders ready for roof space access (inside) and against roof (outside);

-Having a generator or petrol powered pump ready; and

-Checking and patrolling outside for embers, extinguishing any spot fires and seeking shelter as the fire front arrives.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if they believe their property comes under threat.

Police have again declared an emergency situation as a bushfire continues to blaze at Coolum.

The declaration was made at 12.50pm and encompasses the area in Coolum around the boundary of Yandina Coolum Road, Toolborough Road, North-arm Yandina Creek Road, Zgrajewski Road, Perigian Spring Drive, Doonam Bridge Road, Emu Mountain Road, Sunshine Motorway and Yandina Coolum Road.

Police and other emergency services are currently at the scene and are assisting with evacuations on Arcoona Road and Doonan Bridge Road.

Anyone without a reason for being in the area is asked to leave.

Blast Aqua Park at Coolum has been closed after police told staff and customers to evacuate the area on the western edge of the industrial estate.

A staff member at the Junction Dr business said there were some customers in on Friday morning but they had since left.

She said the evacuation was a safety precaution.

“We can see smoke but no flames,” she said.

Police said no homes were at risk but urged people to stay away.

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Source: http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/bushfires-break-out-coolum-roar-towards-gas-depot/3133603/