Hot, heavy work. A firefighter drags a hose into the seat of the blaze at Peregian Springs. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
Hot, heavy work. A firefighter drags a hose into the seat of the blaze at Peregian Springs. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily

LET IT BURN: Firefighters corner Peregian blaze

FIREFIGHTERS will remain overnight on the ground of the latest Peregian bushfire to have caused major evacuation of residents and will continue to work containment lines in the coming days.

Fire and Emergency Services crews discuss tactics at Peregian Springs. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
Fire and Emergency Services crews discuss tactics at Peregian Springs. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily

Area Director for Caloundra QFES Rural Fire Services Inspector Matt Inwood said significant rain was needed to change the fire danger being faced by the region.

He said the forecast was for longer-term conditions to continue to be dry, meaning firefighters would remain on high alert.

At the peak of the blaze, which erupted about 1pm Wednesday, 150 firefighters, 70 appliances with water bombing helicopters from McDermott Aviation were on the scene.

Inspector Inwood said heavy weight of attack had been a successful strategy in minimising the fire's footprint and the community impact.

Hot and heavy work. Fire crews have been praised for their efforts in quickly containing the latest dangerous fire to erupt on the Sunshine Coast. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
Hot and heavy work. Fire crews have been praised for their efforts in quickly containing the latest dangerous fire to erupt on the Sunshine Coast. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily

"I'd like to thank all firefighters for the work they did in hot, heavy conditions," he said.

"It was a fantastic effort to contain it so quickly.

"They did a great job.

"This was a fast-moving fire in coastal heath which can be quiet explosive and we saw that."

Inspector Inwood said the teams had quickly established containment lines in strong winds.

He said the fires had continued to flare throughout today in heath country in the southeast corner of the fire behind Peregian Springs Drive.

Inspector Inwood said they were burning at low intensity but in probably the one moist spot in Queensland meaning a lot of smoke was being generated.

He said the fires would be allowed to burn to containment lines with no backburning used to avoid imposing further risk on the situation.

Fire crews on the ground supported by water bombing helicopters will continue to keep the situation in check.

Police and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services investigators arrived at the scene this morning to attempt to establish a cause for the outbreak.

Crews defended an excavator that had become bogged attempting to cut a fire break through the boggy country.

It was successfully towed free midmorning without damage.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast a 50 per cent chance of any rain falling on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, but weather models remained in disagreement.

Any falls were expected at this stage to be only minor with just a 25 per cent chance of the region receiving 5mm on both days.

A 30C maximum was forecast for Christmas Day with variable winds shifting from the northeast to the southeast at 15-25km/h.


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