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One lane reopened as fire crews bring blaze under control

UPDATE: Fire crews have brought the fire at Glass House Mountains under control, and Steve Irwin Way has been reopened in one direction. 

Police have opened the southbound lane of Steve Irwin Way, but the northbound lane remains closed for motorists' safety as crews prepare to cut down a tree that is still on fire. 

UPDATE: Fire fighters are winning the battle to contain two fires near Steve Irwin Way and Barrs Connection Road at Glasshouse Mountains.

The fire on Steve Irwin Way, across the road from the Puma servo at Glass House Mountains.
The fire on Steve Irwin Way, across the road from the Puma servo at Glass House Mountains. Harry McDonald

A Queensland Fire Service spokesperson said seven fire appliances were engaged and helicopter crews were on stand by if required.

A shed fire at Morrisons Road at around 12.35pm has been rendered safe.

The fire on Steve Irwin Way, across the road from the Puma servo at Glass House Mountains.
The fire on Steve Irwin Way, across the road from the Puma servo at Glass House Mountains. Harry McDonald


"All fires are now within containment lines and fire fighters are dampening down and blacking out," she said.

Helicopter crews remain on standby.

UPDATE: Police are evacuating  businesses and homes around a Puma service station on Steve Irwin Way as fire fighters battle to control one of several bush fires breaking out around the Glasshouse Mountains.

A police spokesperson said the fire was close to several properties on Steve Irwin Way and Johnston Road.

Residents on Anderson Road are also being advised to take care and to consider their safety.

The road block before the scene of a bushfire at Glass House Mountains.
The road block before the scene of a bushfire at Glass House Mountains. john mccutcheon


Another shed fire has also just broken out on Morrison Road.

Police and a growing number of fire appliances are at the scene with a PolAir chopper being flown in to provide aerial coordination.

 

Sunshine Coast Local Disaster Management Centre coordinator John Gallina said fire conditions today are horrible with winds building to 70 kph from the west.

UPDATE 11.57am: Steve Irwin Way is closed in both directions as four fire crews battle to ensure a blaze near the road is brought under control.

The fire started in grassland between the railway line and Steve Irwin Way near Barr St.

 

The Beerwah auxiliary bush fire brigade and three rural fire brigades fought to control the blaze as westerly winds which are expected to reach gusts of 70kmh began to strengthen.

Queensland Rural Fire Services Sunshine Coast area director Gary Seaman said it was expected Steve Irwin way would re-open shortly.

He said fire fighters on the ground were now confident they had the blaze under control.

The BOM has issued a severe fire warning for the Sunshine Coast today with local councils placing their disaster management centres on alert.

Sunshine Coast Council Disaster Management coordinator John Gallina said the centres would coordinate evacuation of residents if and when that became necessary.

BREAKING 11.40am: Fire crews are arriving at the scene of a bushfire that has already seen a major Sunshine Coast road closed to traffic in both directions.

Two crews are on scene and another two are on the way to the intersection of Steve Irwin Way and Barrs Connection Rd at Glass House Mountains, near the Beerwah State Forest.

A fire has broken out and is blocking all lanes on Steve Irwin Way.
A fire has broken out and is blocking all lanes on Steve Irwin Way.


Smoke from the fire is blowing across the Steve Irwin Way, and police have closed the road.

More to come.

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