Bush fire at Mont French: residents must seek shelter immediately as uncontrollable fire rages: “firefighters cannot stop the fire”
A “potentially deadly bushfire” raging out of control in southeast Queensland has sparked warnings for residents to immediately seek shelter.
Additional fire crews have been deployed to the blaze near Boonah, west of the Gold Coast.
A shed has already been destroyed while other properties, including houses, are threatened by the grassland fires.
Authorities issued an emergency alert around 3:53 p.m. Friday for Mount French, with residents urged to take shelter immediately.
“A potentially fatal fire is currently affecting Mount French Road. Your life is in danger. You must take shelter IMMEDIATELY to survive,” the QFES said Friday afternoon in an alert addressed to populations in the area.
“Don’t try to leave. Driving now could be deadly.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Service warnings are in force for properties between Mount French Road, Sommers Road and Frenches Creek Road, including Schubel Road.
The fire is being fanned by high winds, with QFES ground crews on scene, along with police and the Queensland Ambulance Service.
Emergency warnings are in effect for properties between Mount French Road, Sommers Road and Frenches Creek Road (photo, fire in emergency area)
A shed has been destroyed while homes and other properties are threatened by grass fire near Boonah (photo, fire damage)
Water bombers and other aircraft are helping to fight the fire, and a number of additional fire crews are on the way.
Residents are advised to take shelter either inside a brick building, in a room with several emergency exits on the side opposite the fire, or in the safest possible point when approaching and passing through fire.
Firefighters cannot contain the fire and residents should not expect help to be at their door.
“Heavy smoke will make it difficult to see and breathe, and will sting your eyes,” the QFES alert states.
“It will be very hot and very strong. You might hear explosions nearby. The sky will be dark.
Authorities warned residents to seek shelter to survive and warned against driving as it “could be deadly” (photo, fire truck in area)