Smoke plumes form the fire at North Deep Creek on Monday.
Smoke plumes form the fire at North Deep Creek on Monday. Contributed

UPDATE: Bushfire still alight near Gympie

UPDATE 11.30am Wednesday:

A BUSHFIRE that ripped through 100ha of land at North Deep Creek on Monday is still alight and being monitored. 

The fire, near Gardner and Young Roads, is expected to burn for several days but is not posing any threat to properties, a Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesman said.

Helicopters water bomb a fire at North Deep Creek on Monday.
Helicopters water bomb a fire at North Deep Creek on Monday. Contributed

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UPDATE 9am Tuesday:

FIRE crews remain on scene at a bushfire burning near Gardner Road and Young Road, North Deep Creek.  

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North Deep Creek residents may be affected by a smoke haze throughout the day.  

Residents are asked to close windows and doors and if suffering from a respiratory condition, keep medications close by. Motorists should drive with caution and to conditions.  

If residents are concerned their property is under threat they are advised to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.   

UPDATE: TWENTY fire crews and at least one water bomber worked into the night last night to bring under control a huge bushfire threatening homes and properties at North Deep Creek.

Residents were told at 5.30pm conditions "could get worse quickly" and they should prepare to leave.

"You need to be ready to follow your bushfire survival plan," an alert from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service advised.

"If you do not have a plan, or intend to leave, you should be ready to leave the area because the situation could get worse quickly.

 

Fire fighters on Gardners Rd at North Deep Creek late this afternoon.
Fire fighters on Gardners Rd at North Deep Creek late this afternoon. Arthur Gorrie

"Currently as at 5.30pm... a large bushfire is burning in the vicinity of Gardner Road and Young Road, North Deep Creek, travelling in a north-easterly direction towards Gardner Road.

"Fire crews are working to contain the fire but firefighters may not be able to protect every property. You should not expect a firefighter at your door."

The fire broke out earlier yesterday afternoon in the hilly, rural area dotted with orchards and grazing properties about 30-minutes drive from Gympie.

The bushfire warning level last night remained at Watch and Act. An operational base was set up on a property on Gardner Road, which was used as a fire control line.

Bureau of Meteorology spokeswoman Janine Yuasa said the wind that had helped cause havoc throughout Queensland over the weekend was expected to drop off as the night progressed, but that it was last night blowing at 9km in a south westerly direction, away from Gympie.

The water bomber was brought in to "cut the head off the fire" shortly after 4pm, QFES Inspector Kent Mayne said.

EARLIER:

Sixteen fire crews and at least one water bombing helicopter continue to battle a potentially devastating bushfire in a populated rural residential area just east of Gympie.

 

Hayley Pascoe posted this picture on our Facebook Page with the caption
Hayley Pascoe posted this picture on our Facebook Page with the caption "Our neighbour's paddock" on a story we posted on a fire raging out of control at North Deep Creek this afternoon. FACEBOOK

Fire and emergency authorities have just confirmed that houses in North Deep Creek are under threat but the advice to residents near Young and Gardner Roads remains the same: PREPARE TO LEAVE.

The bushfire warning level remains at WATCH AND ACT, authorities said.

 

Fire fighters on Gardners Rd at North Deep Creek late this afternoon.
Fire fighters on Gardners Rd at North Deep Creek late this afternoon. arthur gorrie

Bureau of Meteorology spokeswoman Janine Yuasa says the wind is expected to drop off as the night progresses, but that it is currently blowing at 9km and in a south westerly direction, which is away from Gympie.

 

EARLIER: Water helicopters have been brought in to fight a large bushfire burning near national park and private property just east of Gympie.

 

North Deep Creek fire
North Deep Creek fire arthur gorrie

North Deep Creek is a hilly, rural residential neighbourhood about a 30-minute drive from Gympie.

Local residents have been told to prepare to leave their homes by fire authorities, uncertain just what the fire will do. The situation could escalate quickly, authorities say.

 

North Deep Creek fire
North Deep Creek fire arthur gorrie

It is currently burning through forest and open grassland near Young Road but it heading towards Gardner Road.

EARLIER:

A BUSHFIRE is raging in North Deep Creek and conditions could get worse, Queensland Fire authorities have just revealed.

"You need to be ready to follow your bushfire survival plan," the authorities have told residents.

"If you do not have a plan, or intend to leave, you should be ready to leave the area because the situation could get worse quickly.

"Currently as at 3.30pm, Monday 20 August, a large bushfire is burning in the vicinity of Gardner Road and Young Road, North Deep Creek, travelling in a north-easterly direction towards Gardner Road. The fire is likely to impact Gardner Road. 

Fire crews are working to contain the fire but firefighters may not be able to protect every property. You should not expect a firefighter at your door.

People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe your property is under threat.

Fire8
Fire8 Arthur Gorrie

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:

. Listen to your local radio station or visit the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website for regular updates.

. If you have a bushfire survival plan, finalise it now so you are ready to follow it.

. If you do not have a bushfire survival plan, or if your plan is to leave, identify where you will go if you leave the area.

. Advise family and friends of your plan.

. Close windows and doors to minimise smoke exposure.

. If you suffer from a respiratory condition, keep your medication close by.

. Drive with caution in low visibility conditions.

. Contact your neighbours to see if they need help preparing for the bushfire.

. Pack important documents and essential items (e.g., passports, birth certificates, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing) in case you need to leave the area.

. Put on protective clothing (e.g., a long-sleeved cotton shirt, boots with thick soles).

. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

. Bring pets inside; restrain them with a leash, a cage, or inside a secure room; and provide them with plenty of water.

. Take action to protect your livestock.

. Move flammable materials such as doormats, wheelie bins, and outdoor furniture away from your house.

. Fill containers such as your bath, sinks, and buckets with water so you have access to drinking water and firefighting water.

. Close windows and doors, sealing the gaps under doors and screens with wet towels to keep smoke out of the house.

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