Fire continues to burn in hinterland

Dry, windy weather fans flames

Fire continues to burn in hinterland

A bushfire in the Gold Coast hinterland has now burned through more than 200 hectares of rugged terain.

Unusually dry and windy conditions fanned the flames at Cedar Creek, near Tamborine, overnight, and hindered fire fighters' efforts to contain it.

"We had winds of up to 30kph and humidity was down to around 14 percent; that's very unusual, created very erratic fire behaviour and we had to withdraw our crews from the fire fighting because of safety concerns," said Rural Fire Service regional manager Alan Gillespie.

Superintendant Gillespie said crews continued to monitor the blaze from a safe distance overnight, with fire-fighting efforts starting up again in the morning.

A bulldozer has been called in to strengthen fire breaks, while aircraft will be swooping overhead to map out the affected area.

Superintendant Gillespie said at this stage no homes area under threat.

"There are a number of properties that may come under risk depending on what the fire does either later today or tomorrow, but we have spoken to those residents and will do so again today.

"We'll provide fire protection and back-burn if necessary around these houses."

There is some smoke around Cedar Creek, Wongawallan and Upper Coomera.

 

 

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