Evacuation centre evacuated as fast fire's fury closes in
RESIDENTS near Deepwater, southwest of Agnes Water, have been forced to evacuate after dangerous bushfires threatened nearby properties.
At 12.50pm Sunday, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services issued an initial "watch and act" advisory for the area, urging residents to make their way to an evacuation centre in Miriam Vale.
The fire was travelling from Deepwater National Park in a south-southwest direction towards the small locality.
Three hours later, QFES said the fire was getting worse, and any residents who hadn't evacuated should do so immediately.
A resident of nearby Capricornia Drive who didn't want to be named said they were surprised by the amount of smoke during their evacuation.
"Visibility was really hard to see through," she said.
The resident reported another evacuation centre at Baffle Creek had to be evacuated because of the speed of the fire.
She said it wasn't an easy decision to evacuate.
"We've been here for 10 years, and this is the first time we had to evacuate," she said.
"We loaded up our car with all the important things, and just got out because it's not worth the risk."
She is thankful for the hard work firefighters are doing to control the blaze.
"There's a lot of tired guys out there that really just need a break ... and I can't thank them enough," she said.
"This is why you need a bushfire plan, even if you think you don't need to evacuate, it's better that you do rather than staying."
QFES issued an initial fire warning on Saturday night for the Round Hill area in Agnes Water, asking residents to prepare to leave because of a fast moving fire travelling northeasterly towards Bousgas Drive, Springs Rd and Anderson Way.
It also advised residents to have their bushfire survival plan ready and to keep up to date with the latest information.
It warned that firefighters might not be able to save all properties.
Residents are asked to phone 000 immediately if they think their property is directly under threat.