Residents on high alert following destructive bushfire

UPDATE WEDNESDAY 7.30AM: Residents near Blanchs Rd, Lower Mount Walker are still on high alert following a bush fire late on Tuesday.

At 5.50pm a bushfire was travelling in a north-easterly direction from Mount Forbes Rd towards Brass Rd.

Firefighters, with the support of water bombing aircraft, contained the fire.

Crews continued to strengthen containment lines into the evening.

 

UPDATE 6PM: Firefighters, with the support of water-bombing aircraft, have contained a large bushfire at Lower Mt Walker.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services report that crews will continue to strengthen containment lines into the evening.

Residents in the area are advised to keep up to date with reports and decide what actions to take if the situation changes.

At 5.50pm, QFES advised that the bushfire was travelling in a north-easterly direction from Mount Forbes Rd towards Brass Rd.

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

Properties are not under direct threat at this time. Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you or your property is under threat.

 

UPDATE 5PM: A water-bombing aircraft and the Polair chopper have been called in to assist 26 urban and rural fire crews at the seen of a large blaze at Lower Mt Walker.

Rural Fire Service area director Paul Storrs says firefighters are still attacking the fire in an effort to protect homes in the path of the fast moving grass fire, which started about 1.30pm.

"We have the western sector under control however we are still attacking the eastern sector," he said.

At 2.30pm, Queensland Fire and Emergency Service advised the fire was travelling from an area near Blanchs Road and Teves Road in a north-east direction towards Lairhopes Road, Lower Mount Walker. The fire was likely to impact Teves Road, Lairhopes Road, Mount Forbes Road and the Ebenezer area.

 

At 4.45pm, QFES issued an updated Prepare to Leave Warning stating  the fast-moving fire was travelling in a north-easterly direction from Mount Forbes Road towards Brass Road.

Mr Storrs said some distressed cattle caught up in the fire were able to be moved into another paddock without being harmed.

 

Grass fire threatens homes near Ipswich

EARLIER: Fire crews are working to protect homes south-west of Ipswich after a large grass fire broke out earlier this afternoon.

Residents in Lower Mt Walker say a smouldering incinerator may have triggered the blaze near Blanchs Rd about 1.20pm.

The blaze was burning close to houses and several fire crews have been called to the scene.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service issued a Prepare to Leave warning at 2.45pm, advising that conditions could get worse quickly.

"Currently as at 2.45pm, Tuesday 21 August, a fast-moving fire is travelling from an area near Blanchs Road and Teves Road in a north east direction towards Lairhopes Road, Lower Mount Walker. The fire is likely to impact Teves Road, Lairhopes Road, Mount Forbes Road and the Ebenezer area," the warning states.

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