A fire crew head into the battle.
A fire crew head into the battle.

UPDATE: Evacuation available via escort

UPDATE 5:30PM: The NewsMail understands a guided escort is available for those attempting to leave Woodgate.

Police are escorting vehicles out through Woodgate Road 20 at a time.

The latest update from QFES stated the fire burning north of Kinkuna Waters was still out of containment lines.

There is no access to Jarretts Road and Heidkes Road due to fire hazards in the area.

Three crews are also on scene at Burrum Heads monitoring the situation downwind of the fire.

Burrum Heads residents should stay informed as conditions may change, though are not presently considered dangerous.

UPDATE 3:30PM: The fire which flared up on the northern side of Woodgate Road is travelling in a westerly direction toward Goodwood.

The fire is also burning on the southern side of Woodgate Road towards Jarretts Road and Keidkes Road.

The fire is still not contained and Woodgate Road remains closed in both directions and there is no access to Heidkes or Jarretts Roads.

QFES advises those in the area to leave now if it is safe to do so.

Crews are still working to contain the fire with the assistance of heavy machinery and waterbombing aircraft.

The fire at Woodgate Road  is burning near Woppis and Woodgate Roads and travelling toward Walkers Point Road.

Those who have self-evacuated and have no place to stay should head to the Isis Cultural Centre, 49 Churchill Street, Childers.

UPDATE 12.30PM: A fire has broken out north of Kinkuna Waters Estate near Woodgate. 

Due to the fire threat, Woodgate Rd is again closed between the railway lines at Goodwood and Frizzells Rd due to the fire and smoke plume. 

Bundaberg Police Inspector Pat Swindells said it is anticipated the road will open again this afternoon once the threat has passed. 

UPDATE 11.40AM: QFES are urging Burrum Heads residents to stay informed as wind conditions may blow embers towards the area. 

"A bushfire is burning within containment lines near Woodgate Road and Woppis Road, and travelling towards Walkers Point Road, Woodgate," the information said.    "Due to wind conditions, embers from this fire may reach the southern side of the Burrum River.   "Burrum Heads residents will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality."   If you or your property are under threat call 000 immediately.

UPDATE 10.45AM: Fires at Woodgate and Kinkuna Waters are continuing to burn within containment lines. 

The fire at Kinkuna Waters is burning on the northern side of Woodgate Rd travelling in a westerly direction towards Kinkuna Waters Estate.

The fire is also burning on the southern side of Woodgate Rd towards Jarretts Rd and Heidkes Rd.

The Woodgate and Woppis Rd bushfire is continuing to burn within containment and travelling towards Walkers Point Road, Woodgate.

There is no access to Jarretts Rd and Heidkes Rd due to the dangers in the burnt out area.  

Woodgate Rd is open to residents to return to Woodgate township under QPS control. 

QFES are urging people to follow their bushfire survival plan.

UPDATE 9AM: Fires which have been burning at Woodgate are within containment lines after new information was released from QFES. 

As of 8am this morning, the fire at Woodgate was continuing to burn within containment lines near Woodgate Rd and Woppis Rd, and was travelling towards Walkers Point Rd. 

The fire near Kinkuna Waters Estate is burning on the northern side of Woodgate Rd travelling in a westerly direction towards Kinkuna Waters Estate.

The fire is also burning on the southern side of Woodgate Rd towards Jarretts Rd and Heidkes Rd.

There is no access to Jarretts Rd and Heidkes Rd due to the dangers in the burnt out area.

Woodgate Rd is open to residents to return to Woodgate township under QPS control.

UPDATE 8.30AM: Authorities have bolstered with extra mobile units as they prepare for what could come during the bushfires today. 

Bundaberg police Inspector Pat Swindells said residents can now travel on Woodgate Rd without police escort, but road blocks were still in place to prevent people going into Heidkes Rd, Kinkuna Waters Estate, Jarrets Rd and Walkers Points. 

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"QFES are very pleased with the fire fighting, with ground management pushing through fire breaks," he said. 

"There are still some significant pressure points to the south of Woodgate and south west, emergency services monitoring throughout the day.  

"We (QPS) are in a position now where we have the luxury of additional resources, with more mobile patrols and to get information to the command centre."    

EARLIER: QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services have issued leave now warnings for residents near Woodgate and Kinkuna Waters and have advised conditions are getting worse.

At 5.10am QFES advised the bushfire is continuing to burn near Woodgate Rd and Woppis Rd, and was travelling towards Walkers Point Rd, Woodgate.

At Kinkuna Waters, the fire is burning on the northern side of Woodgate Rd travelling in a westerly direction towards Kinkuna Waters Estate.

The fire is also burning on the southern side of Woodgate Rd towards Jarretts Rd and Heidkes Rd.

Residents who have self-evacuated to Woodgate have been told they should stay there as Woodgate Road is closed between Frizzels Rd in Woodgate and the train tracks in Goodwood.

Queensland Police Service are allowing residents from the Woodgate township through the roadblock on Woodgate Rd to return to their residences under QPS control.

Residents from Kinkuka Waters Estate, Jarretts Rd and Heidkes Rd cannot return to their properties at this time. 

Fire crews, with the assistance of heavy machinery, will continue to work throughout the day to strengthen containment lines.

"Firefighters may not be able to protect every property," the warning said.

"You should not expect a firefighter at your door. Power, water, and mobile phone service may be lost.

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

Meanwhile at Buxton, fire crews remain on scene at the blaze which is burning within containment lines. 

Crews, with aerial support, are monitoring the fire and continuing to establish fire breaks. 

QFES this morning advised people travelling in the Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Howard or Childers areas that smoke from the Woodgate bushfire was affecting visibility, particularly along the Bruce Highway and urged them to drive to the conditions.

For residents who have already self-evacuated from Walkers Point Rd or Woodgate and are unable to shelter with friends and family, an evacuation centre is open at the Isis Cultural Centre, 49 Churchill St, Childers.

If you are in any danger call 000 immediately.



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