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Shed damaged, house saved in fire south of Toowoomba

Water-bombing aircraft douse a rapidly moving bushfire at West Haldon and Hirstglen. Photo Francis Witsenhuysen / Gatton Star
Water-bombing aircraft douse a rapidly moving bushfire at West Haldon and Hirstglen. Photo Francis Witsenhuysen / Gatton Star Francis Witsenhuysen

6:30 PM: THE Watch and Act bushfire warning for West Haldon and Hirstglen has been cancelled.

Multiple fire crews are still at the scene of the large bushfire burning in the vicinity of Gatton-Clifton Road between West Haldon and Hirstglen and will remain there throughout the evening to monitor the blaze. 

The fire currently poses no threat to property.

A large volume of smoke will continue to be visible and residents are advised to shut windows and doors and keep medications close by.

Motorists are advised to be vigilant, drive to conditions and be mindful of emergency services working in the area.

6:10 PM: MULTIPLE water-bombing aircraft and a number of firefighters on the ground managed to save a house from being destroyed in a fast-moving bush fire east of Toowoomba.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services issued a watch and act alert for West Haldon and Hirstglen residents that were in the line of a rapid fire that started Tuesday afternoon.

A QFES spokeswoman said a shed had been damaged in the area before crews could contain the blaze.

Rural Fire Service area director Tim Chittenden said four helicopters had been called in to assist ground crews.

Water-bombing aircraft douse a rapidly moving bushfire at West Haldon and Hirstglen. Photo Frances Whitsenhuysen / Gatton Star
Water-bombing aircraft douse a rapidly moving bushfire at West Haldon and Hirstglen. Photo Frances Whitsenhuysen / Gatton Star Frances Whitsenhuysen

EARLIER: At 4.20pm a large bushfire was located in the vicinity of Gatton-Clifton Road between West Haldon and Hirstglen.

The large, fast moving fire is travelling in an east, north easterly direction and is impacting the areas between West Haldon and Hirstglen.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services is advising residents in the vicinity of West Haldon and Hirstglen to enact their bushfire plan.

This fire is moving quickly and firefighters are experiencing difficulty in controlling it. Spot fires may occur ahead of the fire front and embers are also being thrown from the fire.

The fire is impacting the West Haldon and Hirstglen communities and there is a chance that some property may be lost. Power, water and mobile phone supplies may be lost in the area over the next several hours.

It will be very hot and windy and as the fire approaches it may become increasingly difficult to see, hear or breathe.

Residents are strongly advised to leave now if their plan is to do so or if they don't have a plan. Leaving is the safest option for survival.

Well prepared and defended homes can offer safety during the fire and may be defendable.

Currently, 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. Multiple aircraft are conducting water bombing operations.

Residents are advised to call Triple Zero (000) if their property comes under threat.

EARLIER: A HOUSE is on fire and others under direct threat as fire crews race to control a blaze spreading out of control.

Multiple Queensland Fire and Emergency Services units and rural fire brigade units are battling the fast-moving fire at Hirstglen, southwest of Gatton.

The Gatton-Clifton Rd has been closed due to smoke and motorists are urged to avoid the area.

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