FIRE ALERT: A fire is burning within containment lines at Swanfels.
FIRE ALERT: A fire is burning within containment lines at Swanfels.

SWANFELS FIRE: Smoke expected to continue for days

UPDATE 7PM: "LARGE amounts of smoke" are expected to continue over the coming days as the Swanfels fire remains at 'ADVICE' level.

Multiple crews worked to contain the fire throughout the day before it continued into inaccessible land.

The fire now stretches from Swanfels Valley to Emu Vale, Carneys Creek, Mount Moon and Moogerah though no properties are under threat at this time.

It has now been 11 days since QFES was first called to the scene.

UPDATE 8.30AM: HEAVY smoke haze has settled in Warwick after the Swanfels fire continued to burn through inaccessible land last night.

Easterly winds pushed the fire over the range, where it is now affecting Carneys Creek and Moogerah.

At Swanfels and Emu Vale the warning remains at 'ADVICE' level, but according to the Rural Fire Service, there are no crews currently on site.

Conditions are far more favourable today, with lower wind speeds and temperatures predicted.

UPDATE 7PM: 13 CREWS are on scene to battle the fire as it continues to blaze through Swanfels.

The warning issued earlier today remains current and residents are urged to remain alert.

As of 7pm, the fire is burning in inaccessible land near Dollar Bill Rd, Emu Creek Rd and Mount Huntley.

It continues to move in a north-easterly direction towards Carneys Creek and Moogerah, propelled by wind speeds just under 30km/hr. 

QFES says the crews will continue to monitor the blaze overnight.

UPDATE at 3.30pm: SWANFELS fire status has been upgraded to Advice.

QFES have advised that there is a bushfire currently burning in inaccessible land near Dollar Bill Road, Top Swanfels Road, Emu Creek Road and Mount Huntley, south-west of Spicers Peak Mountain. 

Residents in surrounding areas are advised to keep up to date and decide what actions they will take if the situation changes.

The fire is travelling in a north-easterly direction towards Carneys Creek and Moogerah. 

There are currently four vehicles on scene, with two more vehicles on route.

Residents within the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality. 


UPDATE 4.30PM: FOUR crews are on scene at the Swanfels fire.

According to a spokeswoman from the QFES, the fire continues to burn through inaccessible areas and local residents have been asked to keep an eye on it and contact firecom if needed.

Crews investigated the Swan Creek and Emu Creek areas at around 12pm today to check the fire was burning in a predictable way.

Fire conditions are expected to worsen tomorrow, with wind speeds around 25km/hr and temperatures as high as 40C.


UPDATE 8.30PM: THE bushfire warning for the Swanfels fire has been downgraded.

QFES crews remain on scene to monitor the fire as it moves through inaccessible land and the blaze is expected to continue over the coming days.

Residents concerned their property may be at threat are advised to call 000 immediately.

UPDATE 5PM: QFES has upgraded the fire at Swanfels to 'ADVICE' and encourages residents in the area to keep up to date and decide what actions they will take as the situation unfolds.

More than 200 hectares have been burned over the Main Range since the fire began and moved into inaccessible country.

The fire is currently burning near Dollar Bills Rd, Top Swanfels Rd and Mount Huntley, approximately 10km east of Yangan and Upper Freestone. 

Three crews are currently on scene but the fire is expected to continue for several days and poses no threat to property at this time.

Residents are advised to consult their bushfire survival plan and be ready to follow it, close windows to minimise smoke exposure and contact their neighbours to see if they need help preparing.

QFES also encourages those in nearby areas to ready important documents, such as identification documents and medication, and protective, long sleeved clothing in case they have to leave.

Landholders with stock and pets should plan for what they will to do protect their animals in the event the fire worsens.


UPDATE 11.30am: A BUSHFIRE continues to burn in inaccessible land between Top Swanfels Rd in Swanfels and Mount Huntley in Emu Vale.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services are working together with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service crews to monitor the fire and ensure it stays within containment lines.

The fire is moving south-west of Spicers Peak Mountain and there are no threats to property at this time. 


A FIRE at Swanfels is burning within containment lines near Top Swanfels Rd, causing significant smoke haze around 20km east of Warwick.

According to a spokeswoman from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, two crews are currently on scene and backburning around a property to the northeast of the fire.

The fire began on Sunday afternoon and the cause is yet to be found.

Dozers and graders have been used to create breaks and there is no threat to property at this time.

Motorists are encouraged to drive with caution around the Main Range National Park.