A change in weather conditions has forced families residing in a new housing estate in Brisbane’s south to prepare for evacuation, following the rapid movement of a bushfire towards their suburb. The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) issued a watch and act warning, urging residents between the Undullah Nature Reserve and the Railway Line, including Flagstonian Drive, to be on alert.
Officials have advised residents to be ready to leave their homes while they work on containing the slow-moving fire that is currently burning near Trailblazer Drive, Saunders Drive, and Highgate Drive in Flagstone. The fire, which has been spreading through the forested area for the past few days, is now estimated to be approximately one kilometer away from the back of the Flagstone estate.
Efforts to build a firebreak between the blaze and the suburb have been challenging due to changing winds, causing the fire to approach closer to hundreds of homes. Aerial water bombers have been deployed throughout the afternoon to assist ground crews in their firefighting efforts.
Residents have been advised that the situation may worsen rapidly and should heed caution. Many have already begun securing their belongings, packing their cars, and watering down their properties in preparation for potential evacuation. Concerned about the increasing danger, some residents have opted to leave their homes at their earliest convenience.
A community briefing has been scheduled tonight at the Flagstone State Community College to provide residents with the latest updates and necessary information. Additionally, a smoke alert has been issued for the Scenic Rim, Ipswich, and Brisbane as the prevailing wind carries smoke into metropolitan areas.
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1. What areas are under the watch and act warning?
The watch and act warning is in effect for properties between the Undullah Nature Reserve and the Railway Line, including Flagstonian Drive.
2. How close is the fire to the Flagstone estate?
The fire is approximately one kilometer away from the back of the Flagstone estate.
3. Are there any evacuation orders?
While there are no official evacuation orders at the moment, residents have been advised to prepare for potential evacuation.
4. Where can I find the latest updates on the bushfire situation?
For the latest information on bushfires, we recommend visiting the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services website at [insert URL].