Residents flee their homes in central Queensland as house destroyed by fire

More than 160 firefighters battled 25 blazes across Queensland on Wednesday.

More than 160 firefighters battled 25 blazes across Queensland on Wednesday. Photo: AAP

People have been told to flee their homes as bushfires continue to threaten properties in central Queensland.

An emergency warning has been issued for Oyster Creek, south of Gladstone, with a large, fast-moving fire impacting the area on Wednesday.

Aircraft are assisting more than 20 fire crews with the blaze that is burning between Oyster Creek Road and Muller Road and expected to spread to Kirchner Road.

“Leave immediately. Your life could be at risk. It will soon be too dangerous to drive,” the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) warning said.

The alert comes after people in the nearby Deepwater area were forced to leave their homes in the night as bushfires spread to properties, destroying a house.

QFES told reporters fire had burnt almost 3000 hectares in the region.

Police and SES workers helped several Deepwater residents evacuate about 10pm AEST on Tuesday.

About 10 firefighting crews worked through the night with water bomber aircraft in a bid to control the blaze.

Gladstone Mayor Matt Burnett on Wednesday said four structures overall were severely damaged by fire in the region.

No injuries have been reported.

QFES warned Deepwater residents on Wednesday it was still not safe to return to their homes with the fire set to threaten nearby Eullelah and Taunton.

Mr Burnett said the Miriam Vale Community Centre and Rosedale Hotel had been opened as refuges for people in need of shelter.

“And we’ll be having conversations with the Miriam Vale Hotel as an alternative for people to stay that have had to evacuate their homes,” he said.

Meanwhile, a fast-moving bushfire that burned through more than 200ha in central Queensland is now within containment lines at Gracemere, near Rockhampton.

Overall 165 firefighters battled 25 blazes across the state on Wednesday, QFES said.

The fires led to a smoke warning for the Greater Brisbane region, with conditions expected to persist throughout Wednesday.

A grass fire at Narangba north of Brisbane earlier on Wednesday threatened visibility on the Bruce Highway.

Firefighting crews battled the blaze next to the major highway, prompting warnings to motorists who were advised to seek an alternative route.

Meanwhile, a local fire ban is in place across far north Queensland until Monday, QFES said.

Central and western Queensland will remain under a high fire danger for the rest of the week, the Bureau of Meteorology said.


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