A large fire is burning near Walligan and Sunshine Acres.
A large fire is burning near Walligan and Sunshine Acres. Trish Cummings

UPDATE: Backburning carried out to control fire near Bay

Firefighters were last night backburning  to control a fire burning between Maryborough and Hervey Bay.

The fire was posing no threat to property.

People near Maryborough-Hervey Bay Rd were affected by smoke.

Residents were urged to close windows and doors if suffering from a respiratory condition. 

UPDATE, 4.35PM: Fire crews are working to contain a blaze burning near Sunshine Acres and Walligan.

The warning advice has been downgraded to stay informed, but residents have been told to remain up to date with the latest information.

The fire is burning near Baxters Rd, Settlers Rd and Honeyeater Drive.

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

UPDATE, 3.30PM: Sunshine Acres residents have been told to leave now as a large bushfire burns near Baxters Rd and Black Swamp Creek.

Residents on the western side of Maryborough-Hervey Bay Rd should evacuate west along Howard-Torbanlea Rd towards Howard and those on the eastern side should evacuate along Booral Rd towards Booral.

The fire is likely to imminently impact Sunshine Acres as well as Corella Way, Honeyeater Drive and Finch Court, Walligan.

Fire crews are working to contain the fire but may not be able to defend every property.

You should not expect a firefighter at your door.

A large fire is burning near Walligan and Sunshine Acres.
A large fire is burning near Walligan and Sunshine Acres.

Conditions are getting worse and those who are not prepared should leave now.

EARLIER: A large grass fire is burning between Hervey Bay and Maryborough.

The Maryborough-Hervey Bay Rd has been closed at Susan River while the fire is brought under control.

Diversions are in place through Torbanlea.

Sunshine Acres residents have been told to prepare to leave as the bushfire burns in the area.

The fire is burning near Baxters Rd and Black Swamp Creek and is likely to impact Sunshine Acres, as well as Corella Way, Honeyeater Dr and Finch Ct in Walligan.



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