Emergency alert for Central Queensland
2.30pm: DEPARTMENT of Education has announced the emergency closure of 37 schools around Central Queensland.
Schools have been closed until further notice and urge parents to pick up students immediately.
Central Highlands schools involved include: Blackwater North State School, Blackwater State School, Bluff State School, Capella State School, Capella State High School, Capricornia School of Distance Education (Emerald Campus), Comet State School, Denison State School, Dingo State School, Duaringa State School, Emerald North State School, Emerald State High School, Emerald State School, Gindie State School, Middlemount Community School and Tieri State School.
For a full list of schools please visit, https://closures.det.qld.gov.au/emergency/schools.html?fbclid=IwAR0xxq2uuVMW599sWta1xBYV9LFppvgINsG2Yx8TtojQe1ih5IcyEUFXMCM
This announcement comes hours after an emergency alert was issued around the region.
12pm: QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services released an emergency alert warning for Central Queensland areas today.
Residents from Hervey Bay to Bowen and west to Carnarvon and Clermont are being advised to follow the instructions of emergency services and keep updated on bushfires in the region by following QFES on social media, visiting the QFES website and tuning into local radio.
The Emergency Alert text message was sent at 11.30am to areas at risk today of significant bushfires as a result of extreme conditions.