UPDATE: Smoke warning follows long night of fire fighting
FIREFIGHTERS were able to stop a monster fire burning in the Woodgate region since early yesterday from jumping the Burrum River last night.
Strong containment lines remain in place.
Burrum Heads and Pacific Haven residents were not forced to leave despite being on high alert throughout the night due to the dangerous conditions.
Firefighters are continuing to monitor the front of the blaze in Buxton as it burns within containment lines at Devils Elbow Rd.
At the other front of the same fire, Walkers Point Rd residents at Woodgate were advised to leave at 7.30am while Kinkuna Waters residents are advised to prepare to leave.
Smoke haze from the fire is expected to continue to affect the Fraser Coast across the coming days.
Residents are asked to close windows and doors and if suffering from a respiratory condition, keep medications close by.
Motorists should drive with caution and to conditions.
If residents are concerned their property is under threat they are advise to call 000 immediately.
A MONSTER fire raging across the Burrum River can now be seen in clear view by residents from the banks of the Burrum Heads beach.
Failing ash and thick smoke have been reported by residents online.
Locals are urged to keep monitoring information sources including the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services website, social media and radio for updates to the situation.
BURRUM Heads residents have been urged by the Queensland Premier to stay alert and monitor warnings across the next few hours.
Speaking to ABC radio this evening, Annastacia Palaszczuk said she had just stepped out of a briefing about the Woodgate region's bushfire.
Ms Palaszczuk said the fire command centre were "quite concerned" about the fire, currently threatening the Buxton area where 400 people have been asked to evacuate.
She said predicted modelling had shown a possibility the fire could jump the Burrum River where about 500 people live.
"We are going to be monitoring Burrum Heads over the next few hours," Ms Palaszczuk said.
"We really need the people in the Burrum Heads area to listening very acutely to any messages that are coming. We may need to evacuate Burrum Heads if that fire crosses the river tonight.
LEAVE IMMEDIATELY: Buxton (part of Woodgate/Walkers Point fire) bushfire as at 6pm Wed 13 Nov: https://t.co/D3D748rW6p— Qld Fire & Emergency (@QldFES) November 13, 2019
"We also need the people on Woodgate Beach to be listening, we believe everything is okay there at the moment but we want them to be listening as well."
The premier said the fire was travelling in a southerly direction.
"We do expect some wind changes but we are concerned it is going to cross over that river," she said.
"We are keeping in contact with the mayor as well. He has been briefed and is taking all action that is required but this is a fire of significant concern at the moment for the fire and emergency services.
"I would urge everyone in Buxton and Burrum Heads to listen to the authorities. We have predicted modelling maps here and to date they have proven to be highly accurate. That means the fire has travelled in the direction which has been predicted but also too those embers that go ahead and can ignite property.
"We want everyone to be calm but if you are asked to leave please do so in an orderly fashion but please do not hesitate either because your family's life is just so important, your life is very important. If you need to take your pets, take your pets with you and a few personal belongings. We are sending more crews there as we speak and trying to get more aircraft."
FIRE crews across the region have gathered in central locations at the northern end of the Fraser Coast after a bushfire forced evacuations of Woodgate and Buxton.
Fire trucks and emergency services are on standby should the bushfire jump the river and are prepared to protect both Howard and Burrum Heads.
Speaking to the Chronicle from the Burrum Heads boat ramp, locals had gathered to watch the smoke billowing across the water from the Woodgate bushland.
Mark Tracey, who has lived in Burrum Heads for a year, said the smoke in the area had transformed the normally picturesque landscape.
"My neighbours who have been here for seven years said they had never seen anything like it," he said.
"The wind is crazy, I hope it doesn't jump the river.
"We hope everything goes well and all our emergency services stay safe."