The Deepwater, Baffle Creek and Rules Beach fires are now contained.
The Deepwater, Baffle Creek and Rules Beach fires are now contained. QLD Fire and Emergency Services

Alert downgrade: Winfield residents can now return home

8.00PM: QFES has advised residents in Winfield to stay informed, with the bushfire warning level downgraded to 'advice'.

"The fire is not currently impacting the southern side of Baffle Creek and evacuated residents can now return home," the update said.

15 minutes ago, the bushfire is now burning within containment lines between Coast Road and Baffle Creek.   Firefighters are backburning on the northern side of Baffle Creek.   Crews will remain on scene to patrol the southern side.

3.30PM: Residents in Winfield are being warned to leave immediately.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) advises there is a bushfire approaching Winfield.

Leaving immediately is the safest option, as it will soon be too dangerous to drive.

Currently as at 3.30pm today, an unpredictable fire is now burning south of Coast Road, north of Baffle Creek, travelling south to Baffle Creek.

If flying embers from the fire crosses Baffle Creek, it will impact the area between Ferry Road and Winfield.

Conditions are now very dangerous and firefighters may soon be unable to prevent the fire advancing.

The fire may pose a threat to all lives directly in its path.

Fire crews may not be able to protect your property.

You should not expect a firefighter at your door: act now.

Power, water, and mobile phone service may be lost and road conditions may become very dangerous over the next several hours.

Residents who are required to leave should head south on Winfield Road onto Rosedale Road.

People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

Please note there are separate warnings for Oyster Creek, and Deepwater, Baffle Creek and Rules Beach.

2.45PM: QFES advises the fire burning north of Baffle Creek could get worse.

Residents are advise to prepare to leave, with the bushfire warning level upgraded to watch and act.

The fire is travelling south of Coast Road, and heading towards Baffle Creek. 

"If the fire crosses Baffle Creek, it may impact the area between Barnetts Road and Winfield," the update said.

Gladstone mayor Matt Burnett said the fire had broken containment lines, and firefighters are working to control the blaze.

"This may delay re-entry," Cr Burnett said.

"More information will be provided tonight in Miriam Vale at 6pm and Agnes Water at 6.30pm."

EARLIER: THE CRUCIAL fires affecting the Deepwater, Baffle Creek and Rules Beach have now been contained, according to Gladstone mayor Matt Burnett.

On Facebook, he said the news from the incident control centre in Agnes Water is fantastic.

"Over the next 12-24 hours, crews will manage and strengthen containment lines before weather conditions deteriorate tomorrow," Cr Burnett said.

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have officially downgraded the bushfire warning level to 'advice', but asks residents not to return yet as conditions are still too dangerous.

"Roads may be blocked by fallen debris and road conditions remain extremely dangerous," the update said.

"Police are patrolling the area to ensure no one returns.

"Crews are working hard to make the area safe in preparation for the return of residents,"

The fire is currently moving south-east towards Lindy Drive, Fernfield Road and Coast Road.

For residents in Winfield, the bushfire warning level is also downgraded to advice, with the fire contained along lines at Coast Road.

QFES also advises crews are no longer required at the Mount Larcom bushfire, which was near The Narrows Road.

Smoke might still affect nearby residents.



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