YARWUN residents were preparing for a hellish night as fire ripped through the region.

The bushfire erupted about 3pm on Thursday and had been burning in the vicinity of Mt Stowe Rd, Calliope River Rd and Boyles Rd.

Residents watched as the fire, which had mostly been burning in inaccessible terrain, crept towards their homes.

Although no official evacuation order had been given at the time of publication, some residents were still choosing to flee.

Crystal Guerassimoff chose to evacuate her property with her children.

"I've got four kids so I'm going to stay with family," she said.

"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't concerned."

Others chose to prepare their houses as best they could and bunker down for the night on high alert.

"I'm going to start wetting the house and throwing as much water around as possible," resident Ryan Cunningham said.

"We'll stay until (firefighters) tell us to go."

QFRS Inspector David Young said it was likely to be a long night.

"We have a fire front that's 5km long, and there are 15 homes in front of it," he said.

"We have 33 personnel on site, five urban units and seven rural."

Insp Young said although the fire service was prepared to battle throughout the night, the conditions were concerning.

"There's a wind speed of 30kmh. The wind is worrying," he said.

Although no residents had been given an evacuation order, Insp Young said they had been given a "keep watch" alert.



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