Water bombers battle Teewah blaze as wind shifts
HELICOPTER water bombers are continuing to dampen down a large fire that has burnt through the Noosa North Shore, threatening Teewah this week.
Firefighters have called on Queenslanders to be on high alert with severe and extreme fire conditions expected across the state over the coming days.
McDermott Aviation has water bombers including Bell 214s that carry nearly 3000L in a single load.
Managing director Simon McDermott has thanked property owners who have allowed its aircraft to pull water from private dams to reduce turn around between loads.
The access has kept the water bombers above the fire ground.
The North Shore bushfire was burning near the south eastern side of Lake Cootharaba, on the western edge of the Great Sandy National Park.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have advised that due to a wind change, surrounding areas including Noosa and Tewantin may be affected by ash and smoke, which would reduce visibility and air quality.
Residents have been advised to close windows and doors, and keep medications close by if suffering from a respiratory condition.
A local fire ban remained in place in the area.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Acting Commissioner Mike Wassing said the threat of hot temperatures, strong winds and tinderbox conditions were expected to peak tomorrow and could continue for several days.
He said conditions would be at their worst on Friday and Saturday when a mix of strong winds, low humidity and hot temperatures were expected to exacerbate the bushfire risk.
"Queensland has experienced intense bushfire activity already this season and this has occurred on the back of weather conditions like what is expected tomorrow and this weekend," Mr Wassing said.
"With that in mind, we have local fire bans in place across large parts of the state and have crews ready to respond when and if required."
He urged residents to take precautions and avoid activities that could start fires.
"Residents should not use outdoor machinery and power tools near vegetation as one stray spark is all it takes to start a bushfire," he said.
"This includes the use of lawnmowers, slashers, tractors, grinders and welders."
Mr Wassing said it was important Queenslanders kept up-to-date with the latest bushfire warnings and knew what to do in the event of a fire.
"Fires that start under these weather conditions can be very fast-moving and extremely difficult for firefighters to contain," he said.
"That is why people must have a Bushfire Survival Plan, be mindful of local conditions if travelling and know what to do in an emergency.
"Practical steps people can take include identifying the routes they will take if they need to evacuate, where they plan to evacuate to and ensuring their emergency kits are stocked and current."