Kris Kotzas took this photo of the smoke looking from The Summit south to Wallangarra.
Kris Kotzas took this photo of the smoke looking from The Summit south to Wallangarra. Contributed

Fire at Wallangarra is worst in Queensland this afternoon

UPDATE: 4.40pm Sunday: Fire crews and water bombers are working throughout the day at a fire in the Girraween National Park between Wallangarra and Eukey.

The status of the fire is advice, the only fire in Queensland with an advice status which urges residents to stay informed incase the situation worsens. Advice also means no immediate threat.

It is the middle of five categories, all other fires in Queensland are in the least risky category, information.

In its last report, the QFES stated that a bushfire was burning in a north-westerly direction through Girraween National Park, south of Pyramids Rd.

Backburning is going on and containment lines are being strengthened around the Conservation Lodge and along Pyramids Road.

The QFES said Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) crews may be using machinery to open up existing fire breaks behind properties south of Eukey Road.

Sergeant Alan Baker, of Wallangarra police, said there had been no change to the status of the fire during Sunday.

"There is smoke across the highway but traffic is getting through freely,” he said.

UPDATE 11.30am SUNDAY:

SIGHTSEERS have been urged by police to stay away from the Girraween National Park fire near Wallangarra and let the firefighters do their work.

"The number of sightseers this week have made it harder for the firies,” Sergeant Alan Baker, of Wallangarra police said.

"The fire situation has improved since yesterday but the fire is still burning in the Girraween National Park.”

EARLIER 8.30am SUNDAY:

THE large fire in the Wallangarra/Eukey is still burning after a major effort on Saturday to control it.

Fire bombers were used to support ground crews.

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service media unit is not aware of any structures or vehicles lost other than one shed and two vehicles early in the week.

The official warning in the Wallangarra and Eukey area is stay informed.

At this stage, property owners have not been advised to leave their properties.

Sergeant Alan Baker, of Wallangarra police said it was important to help the firefighters that residents did not drive in the Girraween National Park area or anywhere near the fire.

At 8.30am Sunday, there are eight urban and rural fire appliances on scene.



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