UPDATE 6.15pm: Authorities have confirmed residents who have evacuated can now return to their homes but should remain vigilant.

A Prepare To Leave alert remains in place for the Gregory River bushfire as Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises conditions could get worse.

Currently as at 6.15pm Monday 16 December, the eastern side of a fast-moving fire is travelling in a north-easterly direction towards Newlands Road and Voss Road, Gregory River.

Meanwhile, the western side of the fire has impacted Childers Road and is now travelling in a south, south-easterly direction through Bingera National Park and Elliot River State Forest towards Onoprienkos Road.

There is 15 crews currently on the scene.

Childers Road is closed to all traffic in both directions. Residents choosing to evacuate should travel south along Childers Road towards Childers to family and friends.

You need to be ready to follow your bushfire survival plan.

If you do not have a plan, or intend to leave, you should be ready to leave the area because the situation could get worse quickly.

Fire crews are working to contain the fire but firefighters may not be able to protect every property. You should not expect a firefighter at your door.

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

 

 

 

UPDATE 5.30pm: QFES is advising residents between Onoprienkos Rd and Foleys Rd to leave now as the Gregory River fire could have a significant impact on the community.

Follow your bushfire survival plan now.

If you do not have a plan, your safest option is to leave now if it is clear to do so. If you are not in the area, do not return, as conditions are too dangerous.

Currently as at 5.15pm Monday 16 December, the eastern side of a fast-moving fire is travelling in a north-easterly direction towards Newlands Road and Voss Road, Gregory River.

The western side of the fire has impacted Childers Road and is now travelling in a south, south-easterly direction through Bingera National Park and Elliot River State Forest towards Onoprienkos Road.

Fire crews are working to contain the fire with the assistance of waterbombing operations and heavy machinery, but firefighters may not be able to protect every property.

You should not expect a firefighter at your door.

Power, water, and mobile phone service may be lost.

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

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you are under threat.

UPDATE 4.50pm: The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service is still advising residents near the Gregory River fire to prepare to leave as conditions could get worse.

As of 4.35pm the eastern side of the fast-moving fire is travelling in a north-easterly direction toward Newlands Road and Voss Road, Gregory River.

The western side of the fire has impacted Childers Road and is now travelling in a south, south-easterly direction through Bingera National Park and Elliot River State Forest.

Earlier this afternoon Queensland Police Service issued an emergency declaration under the Public Safety Preservation Act, evoking an exclusion zone bound by the edge of the Elliott State Forest along Childers Road, Voss Road, Newlands Road and Foleys Road.

Fire crews with the assistance of waterbombing aircraft and heavy machinery have been working to contain the fire, though firefighters may not be able to protect every property.

At 5pm there were 17 crews on the scene and three en route.

Childers Road remains closed to traffic in both directions.

UPDATE 4.10pm: Police have made an emergency declaration under the Public Safety Preservation Act as conditions at the Gregory River bushfire continue to degrade and an exclusion zone is now in effect.

The exclusion zone is bound by the edge of the Elliott State Forest along Childers Road, Voss Road, Newlands Road and Foleys Road.

Residents within the exclusion zone are urged to follow the advice of emergency services on the ground.

Childers Road is closed between Foleys Road and Pine Creek Road.

Members of the public are advised to avoid the area.

UPDATE 3pm: Authorities advise as of 3pm, the eastern side of a fast-moving fire is travelling in a north-easterly direction towards Newlands Road, Gregory River. 

While the western side of the fire has impacted Childers Road and is now travelling in a north-westerly direction towards Elliot River State Forest.

Upgraded to a Prepare to leave, Watch and Act status early this afternoon, the fire has closed parts of Childers Rd, between Foleys Rd and Pine Creek Rd. 

There are 15 fire crews on the scene working to contain the blaze with waterbombing operations and heavy machinery aiding in containment efforts, but firefighters may not be able to protect every property.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services are reminding residents not to expect a  firefighter at your door. 

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

You need to be ready to follow your bushfire survival plan.

If you do not have a plan, or intend to leave, you should be ready to leave the area because the situation could get worse quickly.

UPDATE: The bushfire warning level has been increased to Watch and Act for the Gregory River fire amid concerns conditions could get worse.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said at 2pm, a fast-moving fire is travelling in a north easterly direction from Childers Road towards Newlands Road, Gregory River. The fire is likely to impact Childers Road and Newlands Road, Gregory River.

Fire crews are working to contain the fire but firefighters may not be able to protect every property. You should not expect a firefighter at your door.

You need to be ready to follow your bushfire survival plan. If you do not have a plan, or intend to leave, you should be ready to leave the area because the situation could get worse quickly.

BURNING UP: Smoke billows from a bushfire near Childers Rd.
BURNING UP: Smoke billows from a bushfire near Childers Rd. Mike Knott

UPDATE 2.05pm: THE Queensland Fire and Emergency Service is advising waterbombing aircraft had been assigned to fighting the Foleys Rd fire.

With crews driving the entire length of the road, there have been reports of mass amounts of smoke in the area, but at this stage there was no indication that the blaze had jumped across Childers Rd.

There are 11 crews are on scene, with more en route.

UP IN SMOKE: Bushfire near Childers Rd.
UP IN SMOKE: Bushfire near Childers Rd. Mike Knott

A Queensland Police Service spokesman said Childers Rd is closed at Foleys Rd and Pine Creek Road, with traffic being turned around.

Smoke may affect the area and residents are asked to close windows and doors.

Those suffering from a respiratory condition should keep their medications close by. Motorists should drive with caution and conditions.

If residents are concerned their property is under threat they are advised to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

UPDATE 1.50pm: Queensland Police Service is advising Foleys Rd and Pine Creek Road are closed.

No diversion is in place and traffic is being turned around.

BURNING UP: Smoke billows from a bushfire near Childers Rd.
BURNING UP: Smoke billows from a bushfire near Childers Rd. Mike Knott

NewsMail photographer Mike Knott is on the ground at the Foleys Rd fire and stated the fire had jumped the road.

Smoke may affect the area and nearby residents are asked to close windows and doors.

Motorists in the area should drive to conditions.

 

Further updates, photo and video are coming.

 

UPDATE 1.40pm: A total of 13 Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews are now tasked with containing the bushfire at Gregory River.

Crews first arrived on scene at Foleys and Childers Rds at 12.43pm.

 

Meanwhile, 25 crews are tasked to the Mount Maria fire and residents are advised to prepare to leave.

For further updates on the firefighting effort at Mount Maria, click here.

 

EARLIER: EMERGENCY Services are on scene working to contain a bush fire which broke out early this afternoon north of Childers.

Four crews are on scene fighting the fire at Childers Rd and Foleys Rd, Gregory River, with the first crews arriving at 12.43pm.

There is no threat to properties at this time.



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