Waterbombers called in as bushfire rages

A BUSHFIRE is burning in the Gold Coast's northwest, with fire crews working to contain the blaze.

The fire was reported at 1.45pm at Luscombe, and was travelling southwest from the Boral Ormeau Quarry towards Shaws Pocket Rd, Soper Way, Needham Rd, Halls Rd and Harts Rd.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) spokeswoman said seven crews were at the scene and waterbombing activities were underway to help firefighters on the ground.

No properties were currently under direct threat, the spokeswoman said.



There is low visibility and air quality from smoke hovering over the area, and residents are being warned to stay alert in case conditions get worse.

Residents have been advised to call triple-0 immediately if they believed their property was under threat.



•Listen to your local radio station or visit the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website for regular updates.

•If you have a bushfire survival plan, refer to it now and be ready to follow it.

•If you do not have a bushfire survival plan, or if your plan is to leave, identify where you will go if the situation changes.

•Close windows and doors to minimise smoke exposure.

•If you suffer from a respiratory condition, keep your medication close by.

•Drive with caution in low visibility conditions.

•Contact your neighbours to see if they need help preparing for the bushfire.

•Consider finding your essential items (e.g., identification documents, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing such as a long-sleeved cotton shirt and trousers, and boots) in case you need to leave.

•Consider what you will do to protect your pets and livestock.

•Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

•Advise family and friends of your intended actions if the situation changes.