A local landowner near Canungra battling the bushfire as it approaches his property. (ABC News)
A bushfire is spreading through rugged country near Canungra in the Gold Coast hinterland and firefighters are concerned conditions are gradually getting worse amid unusually hot temperatures and low humidity.
- The Canungra fire is burning in difficult terrain in the Darlington Range
- A fire ban is in place across much of South East Queensland
- Conditions are expected to worsen this afternoon
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) has issued a watch and act warning for the bushfire in the rural area of Sarabah, south of Canungra, urging people in the area to prepare to leave.
The fire is burning on multiple fronts and has come close to homes in some places.
Superintendent Allan Gillespie said conditions would likely worsen and people should make plans to defend their properties or leave.
“This afternoon is going to the pinch point for us,” he said.
“It’s burning in really rugged ranges in the Darlington Range area, access is very difficult. We are planning for the worst and hoping for the best.
“We have extraordinarily low humidity — into single digits. In the south-east, this is the lowest it has been since records [began].
“If something does happen it is likely it will happen very, very quickly,” Superintendent Gillespie said.
“What we say to people is now is the time to prepare, so if something does eventuate and you do need to defend your property or you need to leave your property you are ready to do that.”
A severe fire weather warning has been issued for the south-east coast, Darling Downs and Granite Belt.
A fire ban will also be in place from today until midday on Friday in Ipswich, Somerset, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim, Logan and the Gold Coast.
Under a local fire ban, open fires are prohibited and all permits to light fire which have been issued in areas will been cancelled.