Cambooya Rural Fire Brigade shared these photos of the Forest Ridge and Cypress Gardens fire, yesterday, December 4.
Cambooya Rural Fire Brigade shared these photos of the Forest Ridge and Cypress Gardens fire, yesterday, December 4. Contributed

Highway re-opened, emergency lifted, but fire danger remains

WHAT WE KNOW:

  • Police have lifted the PSPA in relation to the fire.
  • Currently as at 4.15am on December 6, a large fire is burning in the vicinity of Cypress Avenue, Wallaby Drive, Koala Drive, Paddys Creek Road, Thyme Avenue, Basil Drive, Sage Road, Rosemary Court, Bay Road, Kimberley Drive and the Gore Highway, Cypress Gardens. 
  • Residents can now return home and the Gore Highway has re-opened with reduced speed limits.
  • Despite the fire burning within containment lines, conditions could still get worse.
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FRIDAY, 6.30AM: A large bushfire that was threatening homes at Cyprus Gardens and Forest Ridge, near Millmerran, is now under control.  

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services has advised residents are now safe to return to their homes.

The Gore Highway has also been re-opened, except at a reduced speed limit of 60km/hr.

Despite this, QFES has warned conditions could still get worse. 

"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," QFES said. 

"Currently as at 4.15am on December 6, a large fire is burning in the vicinity of Cypress Avenue, Wallaby Drive, Koala Drive, Paddys Creek Road, Thyme Avenue, Basil Drive, Sage Road, Rosemary Court, Bay Road, Kimberley Drive and the Gore Highway, Cypress Gardens. The fire has impacted these roads. 

"Crews will continue working to strengthen containment lines but firefighters may not be able to protect every property. You should not expect a firefighter at your door."

A prepare to leave notice remains in place and the fire is at a watch and act level. 

Two homes are believed to have been destroyed by the fire.

An evacuation centre remains open at the Millmerran Showgrounds, Millmerran Cecil Plains Road, Millmerran.

Police have also revoked an emergency declaration under the Public Safety Preservation Act (PSPA) in relation to the dangerous bush fire burning in the vicinity of Cypress Gardens.

"The declaration was revoked at 4:01pm on December 5 after emergency services contained the fire," a police spokesperson said.

"The PSPA was invoked at 4:42pm on December 4 and the declared zone included Groszman Road to the west, Cypress Avenue to the south and along Nine Mile Road to Antonio Road to the north..   

"Local residents have been permitted to return home.

"There is significant smoke hazard in the area and people should reconsider the need to travel to area at this time."

Investigations are underway over the cause of the fire. 

A severe fire danger remains in place for the Darling Downs and Granite Belt today.



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