Fire crews finally believe the worst is over
Fire crews finally believe the worst is over Contributed

UPDATE: Fire crews believe worst is finally over

Update 9pm: 

Fire crews are tonight celebrating alongside locals after a gruelling few days of battle. 

Drinks have been put on at the Happy Valley pub where everyone who took part in the fire fighting effort since the weekend is reflecting on the day they fought off the flames that surrounded the township and ongoing efforts at Yidney Rocks at The Oaks today. 

Many stopped by the Happy Valley station first to see touching cards from Fraser Coast school students.

While the fire continues to burn, fire chiefs are hopeful the worst is over. 

More here. 

 

UPDATE: 5.50PM

This is the smile of exhausted local legend Elspeth Murray at Happy Valley where another 25mm of rain has just fallen in the space of 10 minutes. 

Elspeth Murray outside the Happy Valley station where 25mm fell in ten minutes on Tuesday afternoon.
Elspeth Murray outside the Happy Valley station where 25mm fell in ten minutes on Tuesday afternoon.

Full update here

Update 5pm

A STORM is hovering near Fraser Island as wet conditions continue on Tuesday.

It comes after rain helped in the fight against the fires overnight.

About 28mm of rain fell in Happy Valley on Monday, where fire crews worked with residents to save the township from the approaching blaze. 

The island has now been under threat from the fires for about seven weeks. 

A storm hovers off the coast of Fraser Island.
A storm hovers off the coast of Fraser Island.

Update 3pm 

STRIKE teams have spent the day rolling in and out of the danger zone at Yidney Rocks and The Oaks. 

Strike teams arrive at Yidney Rocks where a major fire fighting operation is still underway.
Strike teams arrive at Yidney Rocks where a major fire fighting operation is still underway. Contributed

Heavy water bombing continues to take place from the air while ground crews are putting out anything that's still smouldering. 

Water bombing at Yidney Rocks
Water bombing at Yidney Rocks Contributed

Overnight rain has made conditions much more favourable and this, combined with a big effort today, has allowed crews to gain the upper hand. 

Firefighters even managed to snap a photo of a dingo, who while tinged with soot, was safe and uninjured after the Happy Valley blaze.

A dingo survived the Happy Valley fire
A dingo survived the Happy Valley fire Contributed

 

EARLIER: 1PM

The emergency warning for Happy Valley has been revoked. Read more here

It follows a brutal battle for the village on Monday night where locals and fire crews stood shoulder to shoulder to save the town. 

Photos of the aftermath show the view from the Happy Valley look out. 

The view from the look out at Happy Valley
The view from the look out at Happy Valley Contributed

Elspeth Murray shared this moving account about the efforts of the community on the ground and moment rain arrived in Happy Valley here 

UPDATE 8AM. 

Happy Valley has received 22mm of rain where many crews are currently packing up and heading to Yidney Rocks where a warning remains in place. 

You can catch up on some of the incredible stories emerging from the fire zone here. 

Legends of front line celebrated as rain finally falls

Happy Valley residents fight alongside crews to save town 

WATCH: Video shows battle for Happy Valley 

Fraser Island as a whole experienced an average of 15mm to 20mm of rain last night, according to BOM meteorologist Peter Claassen.

He said up to 40mm of rainfall was recorded in some parts of the Fraser Coast and more showers are expected later today.

K'gari bushfire: Footage taken on the ground of the Happy Valley fire front on K'gari (Fraser Island)
K'gari bushfire: Footage taken on the ground of the Happy Valley fire front on K'gari (Fraser Island)

 

A QFES spokeswoman said warning levels on the island have been downgraded.

Currently, there is a prepare to leave warning in place for Oaks and Kingfisher Bay with a watch and act warning in place for the rest of the island.

A ‘prepare to leave’ warning is active for The Oaks, south of Happy Valley, after the town was saved from the fire. Picture: Lyndon Mechielsen
A ‘prepare to leave’ warning is active for The Oaks, south of Happy Valley, after the town was saved from the fire. Picture: Lyndon Mechielsen

UPDATE 11.50PM

Rain has reached the heart of the Fraser Island fire zone. Volunteer firefighters have told the Chronicle heavy falls are being recorded in Happy Valley where crews and locals are celebrating.

Rolling coverage will resume on Tuesday morning. 

UPDATE: 10.45PM

Welcome rain is finally falling across the Fraser Coast.

Moderate to heavy falls are being recorded across Maryborough and Hervey Bay and currently tracking towards fire-ravaged Fraser Island. 

While fire chiefs say it will take "significant rain" to put the fire out, any amount is expected to help with the firefighting effort as long as lightning strikes don't spark any further fires. 

The weather bureau has predicted an average of 10mm but heavier falls are possible. 

UPDATE, 7PM: An evacuation warning has been issued for The Oaks, an accommodation provider on Fraser Island.

Anyone in the vicinity of The Oaks should leave the area heading to Eastern Beach and then to Eurong Resort.

Leaving immediately is the safest option as it will soon be too dangerous to drive.

The fire is heading in a southerly direction towards The Oaks.

Conditions are now very dangerous and firefighters may soon be unable to prevent the fire from advancing.

Yidney Rocks has also come under threat on Monday, with people told to evacuate the area about 3.30pm as the fire approached.

It comes after the day was spent defending the township of Happy Valley from the blaze.

UPDATE 1,30PM: Crews at Happy Valley are conducting property protection as the fire reaches the northern boundary of the township.

Conditions are very dangerous and crews may soon be unable to stop the fire from advancing.

Those who are unprepared for the fire have been advised to leave immediately.

EARLIER: A large air tanker form New South Wales has arrived to join the fight against the fires on Fraser Island.

It comes as several warnings from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service remain current, the most urgent at Happy Valley, where the bushfire poses an immediate threat to the township.

The tanker will be one of 24 aircraft used to fight the fires today.

Multiple planes and helicopters are already helping out from the air while ground crews have trekked more than a kilometre into the bush to begin backburning efforts.

Those near Eli Creek, Yidney Rocks, The Oakes and Poyungan Valley have been told to stay informed as a bushfire burns in the area.

Those remaining in Happy Valley have been urged to leave immediately. An exclusion zone remains in place.

Many long-term locals however, who have been officially briefed by authorities, are staying behind to help protect their properties and the surrounding village.

Backburning will continue to be carried out around the perimeter of the town as the large fire continues to travel in a south easterly direction towards the township.

Crews on the ground are being assisted by the aircraft to reduce the expected impact on the community.

Warnings continued through the night, with the fire first expected to impact the township at midnight and then 7am.

But fire fighting efforts have managed to slow the movement of the fire.

A warning advising those remaining at Kingfisher Bay Resort to prepare to leave also remains current.

A bushfire is burning near the Dundonga fire break. east of the resort, through to Cornwells Rd in the south.

Multiple crews are working to contain the fire.