- Friday 18 August 2017
A temporary place of shelter at Lake Kawana Community Centre is now closed after fire activity in the Caloundra region eased and residents were allowed back into their homes.
The shelter, which was a safe place for up to 45 residents and visitors during the fire, will remain on standby tomorrow.
The fire activity which started early in the afternoon near the Bruce Highway has decreased during the night, allowing fire crews to gain increased control of the situation.
The Public Safety Preservation Act in the affected area was revoked by QPS at 10.10pm. However, QFES will continue fire containment operations throughout the night.
Smoke is expected to remain in the Caloundra area and affected residents are advised to take precautionary actions to minimise their exposure to smoke, particularly if susceptible to respiratory conditions.
Under currently predicted weather conditions, the fire is expected to continue burning tomorrow towards the south of the Caloundra Aerodrome and the west of Golden Beach.
Council crews and the disaster management team will monitor the situation tomorrow, and will assist QFES as required.
Mayor Mark Jamieson thanked the community for their co-operation today.
“The most important outcome is that no injuries have been reported, no properties were damaged, and that the residents who were affected are now home safely,” Mayor Jamieson said.
"Our thanks go to the emergency services for their outstanding work today protecting our community."
The situation will be closely monitored tomorrow and further updates issued if necessary.