Residents of Caloundra have been advised by Queensland Fire and Emergency Service to act as a large bushfire continues to blaze.
Firefighters have been battling the bushfire all afternoon. Spot fires have also popped up some four kilometres away from the main fire.
A statement has been released advising residents to either stay and defend their homes or leave as the emergency services try to control the fire.
A lot of the properties are part of a new development area, with young families having only recently moved in.
QLD Fire and Emergency Service statement
Bushfire ADVICE for BELLVISTA (Caloundra) as at 8.20pm Fri 18 Aug (formerly AURA)
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is advising:
As at 8.15pm, a large grass fire is burning in the vincinty of Bellvista and Little Mountain. Currently, 30 fire crews are working to contain the blaze, which broke out around 1.30pm today. The fire remains uncontrolled and residents who have evacuated from Bells Creek Arterial Road, Koala Court, Adelaide Circuit and surrounding streets should not return to their property at this stage as multiple fire crews are still working in the area.
Lake Kawana Community Centre is still open should residents require a neighbourhood safe place.
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