An emergency bushfire alert has been issued for a blaze on Queensland’s North Stradbroke Island, with warnings that homes may be lost.
Queensland police say the Public Safety Preservation Act has been invoked.
The act was declared at 7.30pm (AEST) and is in force for the area bounded by Trans Island Road – also known as Tazi Road – to the east, north along North Stradbroke Island Track – also known as Tripod Track – to the intersection of Beehive and East Coast roads, then west to the shoreline at Moreton Bay, south to the water taxi jetty in Dunwich and then east along Junner and Mallon streets back to Trans Island Road.
Police have urged those within the boundaries to follow directions from emergency service agencies.
Residents were strongly advised to leave if they were able.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) says the fire is moving quickly and is uncontrolled.
Spot fires are likely to start up to four kilometres ahead of the fire front and embers are also being thrown from the fire.
It’s feared some property may be lost, and authorities said power and water supplies as well as mobile phone reception could be lost in the area during the night.
The QFES warned that conditions on the island would be very hot and windy on Saturday night, and as the fire approached people would find it increasingly difficult to breathe.
Officials say well-prepared homes can offer safety during the fire and may be defendable, but residents are advised to call triple zero if their property is threatened.
“Multiple fire crews are working to contain the blaze but firefighters will not be able to protect every affected property and residents should not expect a firefighter at their door,” the QFES said in a statement.
Meanwhile, residents on the mainland and Southern Moreton Bay Islands were being asked to conserve water on Saturday morning after a treatment plant was damaged on North Stradbroke Island.
The treatment plant is one of two that service the region.