PREPARE TO LEAVE: Glen Rock fire escalates
UPDATE 12:15PM :THE Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have told Glen Rock residents to prepare to leave as a bushfire continues to ravage the state forest.
The fire, which started on September 25, is burning in an easterly direction near Cole Gully Road, Lefthand Branch.
QFES advises residents to be ready to follow their bushfire survival plan or to be ready to leave the area as the situation could get worse quickly.
Fire crews are working to contain the fire with help from aerial support but firefighters may not be able to protect every property and residents should not expect a firefighter at your door.
People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.
Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe your property is under threat.
Keep up to date with information for the Warwick Daily News, QFES twitter, local radio station or visit the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website for regular updates.
More updates will be available soon.
UPDATE 3.30PM: THE Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has upgraded the Glen Rock State Forest wildfire warning level to 'ADVICE'.
The fire has burned for approximately 18 days in a northerly direction and is currently burning in the vicinity of Cole Gully Rd in the Lefthand Branch area.
More than 4500 hectares have been affected by fire since the lightning strike ignited bushland on September 19.
10 crews are currently on scene to contain the fire and they have significant aerial support.
At 1pm, two fixed wing and two rotary aircraft began water bombing the area according to a spokeswoman for the QFES.
QFES advises residents in the surrounding areas to decide what actions they will take if the situation changes.
The area is expected to be impacted by smoke which will reduce visibility and air quality.
The Glen Rock State Forest will be closed until further notice and all permits are suspended.
The Main Range National Park has closed the Mt Mitchell, Mt Mathieson and Gap Creek Falls walking tracks in addition to all non-rainforest remote area bush campsites and bushwalking areas.
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EARLIER: A LIGHTNING strike sparked a wildfire that is burning at the Main Range National Park near Goomburra, damaging more than 650 hectares of protected land.
A spokeswoman from the Department of Environment and Science said the fire began near Point Pure on September 19 and is now tracking north into inaccessible country.
Crews from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service are attending to the fire and attempting to construct containment lines in the Glen Rock State Forest.
Their goal is to keep the fire burning within QPWS estate.
The western, southern and eastern flanks are currently contained, and crews will continue patrolling the fire until it is considered safe.
Neither the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services nor the Rural Fire Service have been asked to assist at this time.
Lookout road and the walking tracks that branch off it have been closed, including:
- North Branch track
- Araucaria Falls track
- Sylvesters lookout track
- Winder track
- Mount Castle lookout track
All of Glen Rock State Forest is also closed in the interest of public safety.