A fire-bombing aircraft heads back into the fire zone.
A fire-bombing aircraft heads back into the fire zone. brian cassidy

UPDATE: Buxton blaze burning within containment lines

UPDATE PM: Bushfire warning level: WATCH AND ACT

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there is a bushfire in Buxton and conditions could get worse.

You need to be ready to follow your bushfire survival plan. 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 8.15pm, Wednesday 13 November, the fire which jumped the Gregory River at Buxton is now burning within containment lines at Devils Elbow Road.

Buxton residents are allowed to return to their properties. Buxton Road has reopened.

Fire crews will continue 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.

WOODGATE

LEAVE NOW: Woodgate/Walkers Point Road (south of Bundaberg) grass fire as at 7pm.

LEAVE NOW: Kinkuna Waters (part of Woodgate/Walkers Point Road fire) grass fire as at 7.45pm.

Please check https://www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/ for updates overnight. 

UPDATE 6:15PM: The Isis Cultural Centre in Childers has been established as a refuge for those in need of a place to stay because of the fires at Woodgate, Walkers Point and Buxton.

The Cultural Centre is located at 49 Churchill Street.

QFES is advising Buxton residents to leave immediately as the fire has jumped the Gregory River.

Earlier in the day they were advised to evacuate west along Buxton Road.

UPDATE 4:45PM: QFES has put out an emergency warning for Buxton residents.

Those in the area are in danger and need to take immediate action recommended by the fire service.

Buxton residents should evacuate by heading west along Buxton road.

QFES advises conditions are now very dangerous and firefighters may soon be unable to prevent the fire advancing.

QFES advises the fire poses a threat to all lives directly in its path.

Power, water and mobile phone service may be lost and road conditions may become very dangerous over the next several hours.

QFES advises residents in Kinkuna Waters Estate to evacuate west on Woodgate Road toward Goodwood.

Woodgate Road has been closed to motorists travelling east toward Woodgate, but this road closure does not affect residents leaving Kinkuna Waters.

Residents at Walkers Point Road should evacuate via Walkers Point Road, towards Woodgate Bowls Club.

Those in the Woodgate township are not required to evacuate at this time, though should remain alert.

Firefighters are still working to construct containment lines as the fire burns south, south-east, impacting Buxton and Burrum Heads.

UPDATE 4:30PM: QFES is advising residents at Buxton to leave immediately as the bushfire approaches Buxton.

Leaving immediately is the safest option if it is clear to do so.

The fast-moving fire burning between Woodgate and Burrum River is heading in a south, south easterly direction toward Buxton and is expected to have a significant impact on the community.

Buxton residents should evacuate by heading west along Buxton road.

QFES advises conditions are now very dangerous and firefighters may soon be unable to prevent the fire advancing.

QFES advises the fire poses a threat to all lives directly in its path.

Power, water and mobile phone service may be lost and road conditions may become very dangerous over the next several hours.

UPDATE 2:30PM: THE Queensland Fire and Emergency Service has issued two separate warnings for the fire.

Residents at Woodgate/Walkers Point Road are being advised to leave now.

Residents at Kinkuna Waters are being advised to leave now.

Camp Gregory veterans camp has been evacuated and  Heidkes Road has been closed off.

QFES advises that conditions are getting worse.

If residents in the area do not have a bushfire survival plan, the best option is to leave now.

The fire is currently burning toward Kinkuna Waters Estate, near Woppis Road and Woodgate Road, but residents in the Woodgate township are not yet required to evacuate.

Police have made an emergency declaration under the Public Safety Preservation Act.

The exclusion zone is bound by Burrum River west of the Bruce Highway north to Goodwood Road and Elliott River.

The exclusion zone is bound by Burrum River west of the Bruce Highway, Bruce Highway north to Goodwood Road, Goodwood Road to Elliot River.
The exclusion zone is bound by Burrum River west of the Bruce Highway, Bruce Highway north to Goodwood Road, Goodwood Road to Elliot River. Google Maps

Woodgate Road between Heidkes Road between Frizzels Road is currently closed in both directions.

Residents are advised to evacuate themselves and go to the Woodgate Bowls Centre if they have nowhere else to go.

Woodgate Road, where cars have stopped upon entry to the seaside town. Witnesses at the scene say the fire seems to be getting worse.
Woodgate Road, where cars have stopped upon entry to the seaside town. Witnesses at the scene say the fire seems to be getting worse.

UPDATE 1.45PM: Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there is a bushfire in Woodgate, burning towards Walkers Point Road and conditions are getting worse.

Follow your bushfire survival plan now.

If you do not have a plan, your safest option is to leave now if it is clear to do so.

If you are not in the area, do not return, as conditions are too dangerous.

As at 11.45am a fast-moving bushfire is burning near Woodgate Road and Woppis Road, burning towards Walkers Point Road.

A fire-bombing aircraft heads back into the fire zone.
A fire-bombing aircraft heads back into the fire zone. brian cassidy

 

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.

Power, water, and mobile phone service may be lost.

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

Those in the Walkers Point area should evacuate via Walkers Point Road, towards Woodgate Bowls Club, Kangaroo Court.

The road into Woodgate with a cloud of smoke in the distance.
The road into Woodgate with a cloud of smoke in the distance. brian cassidy

Residents in the Woodgate township are not required to evacuate at this point in time.

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you are under threat.

UPDATE: Dozens of cars have stopped heading to Woodgate on Woodgate Rd as witnesses at the scene describe a worsening fire situation. 

NewsMail reporter Zachary O'Brien said winds had started to pick up and it appeared the fire was growing. 

Scenes from Woodgate Road.
Scenes from Woodgate Road.

"Most people are either turning around or stopping," he said. 

The NewsMail believes flames are now in excess of five metres to the south of containment lines.

Residents at the scene have expressed anger at "greenies".

Brad Geizler shared this image of the woodgate fires on social media.
Brad Geizler shared this image of the woodgate fires on social media.

EARLIER: The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service has issued a Prepare to Leave warning for Woodgate as a fire burns toward Woodgate Road.

Nine crews are on scene attempting to contain the blaze with the assistance of waterbombing aircraft which is likely to impact Woodgate Road.

Video shows fire situation : The situation as viewed from Woodgate Road.
Video shows fire situation : The situation as viewed from Woodgate Road.

Two additional crews are en route.

QFES advises residents need to be alert and ready to follow their bushfire survival plan as firefighters may not be able to protect every property.

Crews first responded just after 9am for the fire near Woppis Road, now burning toward Woodgate Road.