UPDATE: Current fire situation on Sunshine Coast

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) has declared that the Peregian Beach Exclusion Zone is still in place and will be for the rest of the night.

Unfortunately, those who have been evacuated will not be able to return to their homes tonight due to utility outages and risk of fire.

Please do not attempt to return to your home until advised by Queensland Police Service or Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.

At this stage containment lines are in place and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) crews are in the area to prevent breaches.

The Emergency Declaration Area is still in place with the following boundaries: David Low Way, Emu Mountain Road, Sunshine Motorway and Woodland Drive.

A 737 Air Tanker was used this afternoon to drop bio-degradable fire suppressant gel in front of the fire front, four helicopters were also used to water-bomb the fire.

Today (Tuesday 10 September) 158 damage assessments were completed by QFES crews, confirming one house has been destroyed, with losses and damage to other properties.

Sunshine Coast residents are encouraged to follow the QFES and Queensland Police Service (QPS) social media pages for updates on when it is deemed safe to return to residences.

For the latest information keep following Sunshine Coast Council’s Facebook page and Disaster Hub https://disaster.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

EVACUATION CENTRES

Currently Sunshine Coast Council have two Evacuation Centres open:

  • Nambour Showgrounds, Coronation Avenue, Nambour (75 Beds)

  • Maroochydore Multi Sports Complex, Fisherman’s Road, Maroochydore (25 Beds).

ROAD ACCESS

  • David Low Way remains closed in both directions, from Emu Mountain Road to Mahogany Drive

  • The David Low Way remains closed in a northern direction from Coolum Beach Surf Club

  • The Sunshine Motorway is open again

  • Bruce Highway remains open.

VOLUNTEERING AND DONATIONS

Sunshine Coast Council appreciates the generous offers of assistance from the community to volunteer and donate goods and funds.

Council and emergency services on-the-ground are currently assessing needs and are working with the necessary organisations to deliver critical and immediate support, as well as longer recovery support to re-establish homes and help communities recover.

The community’s needs are our first priority. The staff and volunteers currently working on-the-ground are highly skilled and trained. At this time additional volunteers are not needed.

If you would like to offer assistance, please refer to the following information:

Volunteer: Sunshine Coast Council asks residents to please direct their offers to volunteer to Volunteering Queensland’s EV CREW online registration portal. To register your interest in volunteering please visit: https://emergencyvolunteering.com.au and Volunteering Queensland will contact you if your assistance is required.

Donations and funds: Council requests that residents wishing to donate register their donations through GIVIT, as unregistered donations are impacting emergency and support services on the ground.

GIVIT is the QLD Government’s official disaster charity donations partner. Residents are encouraged to register their donations through their online ‘Queensland Fires 2019 Appeal’ to best coordinate on-the-ground assistance to affected communities.

Please visit givit.org.au/disasters to donate funds, goods or services.

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