Fire crews battle a fire at Meridan Plains. Local Fire crews battle to secure containment lines.
Fire crews battle a fire at Meridan Plains. Local Fire crews battle to secure containment lines. John McCutcheon

'We are lucky': Flames glow in street as warnings ring out

RESIDENTS bordering a large bushfire in Meridan Plains were ready to act as midnight warmings rang through the region.

Here are some of their experiences:

FIRE NEXT DOOR

CRACKING of wood and flicks of flames could be heard from Amanda Ensbey's Meridan Plains home in the early hours as the fire lingered close to her property.

The large bushfire in "overgrown land" north of Caloundra Rd worried her as she could smell the smoke from her Rainforest Rd home yesterday.

Being an asthma sufferer, Ms Ensbey was on her way to restock on puffers in the hope her wheezing wouldn't set in while thick smoke lingered.

"The winds were a worry though. I just hoped it wouldn't jump to our treetops in the night," she said.

 

Fire crews battle a fire at Meridan Plains. Local resident Amanda Ensbey.
Fire crews battle a fire at Meridan Plains. Local resident Amanda Ensbey. John McCutcheon

In the 11-years at her property, Ms Ensbey said fires were common in the dense bushland, and her property would be at threat if they didn't use livestock to keep it maintained.

"If we didn't have animals on here, it'd be a different story," she said. 

She runs both cattle and sheep on 20 acres of land and said the animals keep her property at "low" risk of fire.

Ms Ensbey said clearing the council land every few years would help prevent fires breaking out in harsh conditions.

"We are just lucky nobody has been hurt," she said.

MIDNIGHT DRIVE SHOWS GLOWING FLAMES

FLAMES glowed in the night at the end of Tina Waites' street as she watched the bushfire from the safety of her car.

The Rainforest Rd resident drove to the end of her street around 10pm on Wednesday night to survey the large fire burning in vacant land north of Caloundra Rd.

Despite the ominous flames, Ms Waites tried not to worry when the PSAS announcement came in at midnight.

"I tired to think of what I'd actually pack up," she said.

"But we just tried not to worry too much."

After living in the area for around six years, Ms Waites said this was the first fire she experienced near her home.

 

Fire crews battle a fire at Meridan Plains. Mike Bryan
Fire crews battle a fire at Meridan Plains. Mike Bryan John McCutcheon

As fire fighters continued to battle the blaze in scorching heat yesterday, her two Great Danes also felt the heat and smoke from the fire.

"They've been cooling off in the pool but they've been handling it quite well," she said.

The congested roads also impacted delivery drivers in the area yesterday, with Mike Bryan arriving a little late to Ms Waites' property.

Kawana Way Link Rd and Caloundra Rd were closed for several hours yesterday as smoke billowed over the roads.

"I am severely delayed today with the road closures," he said.

"But we just have to take it easy on the roads."

 

HAZEY SMOKE WORRY FOR YOUNG MUM

SMOKEY conditions worried young mum, Ashley Fischer yesterday in the midst of a bushfire burning nearby.

Ms Fischer, sister Bree and eight-month-old Grace were staying indoors on Thursday with all windows closed to keep safe from the smoke.

Plumes of smoke rose over the treetops outside Ms Fischer's house as she admitted she didn't realise how bad the haze was.

 

Fire crews battle a fire at Meridan Plains. Residents of Creekside Ashley Fischer and Grace Bree Clarke.
Fire crews battle a fire at Meridan Plains. Residents of Creekside Ashley Fischer and Grace Bree Clarke. John McCutcheon

"I didn't realise it was this intense, we could just smell the smoke initially," she said.

The resident of Creekside for two years said despite the smoke, she wasn't too concerned and planned on keeping up to date with emergency warnings.