A fire has forced the closure of the Bruce Highway between Proserpine and Bowen.
A fire has forced the closure of the Bruce Highway between Proserpine and Bowen.

HIGHWAY OPEN: Prepare to leave warning remains in place

UPDATE 4.05PM

A watch and act warning remains in place and residents are still being advised to be prepared to leave Gregory River as a bushfire continues to burn in the area.

The Bruce Highway was fully reopened about 3.50pm after being closed as a result of the blaze. 

At 4.05pm the fire was travelling from the Bruce Highway at Gregory River in a north, north-westerly direction towards Longford Creek. 

QFES advises conditions could get worse so residents must be ready to follow their bushfire survival plan. 

Fire crews are working to contain the fire but people in the area are likely to be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality. 

Motorists are advised to drive with caution and to the conditions. 

Phone 000 immediately if you believe your property is under threat. 

UPDATE: 3.40PM

The Bowen Fire Station have been relieved from the Gregory River bushfire as on scene fireys get the fire under control.

Bowen Fire Station Acting Station officer Andrew McShane said the Bowen crew were called as a precaution to help fight the fire. 

"Bowen firefighters had been turned back about an hour ago," he said. 

"There was lots of resources available from the central region. 

"They were getting it under control, at the time they left they had approximately 6 appliances, including a helicopter, at the scene." 

UPDATE: 2.50PM

Traffic is being escorted by police on the Bruce Highway again between Proserpine and Bowen after a bushfire at Gregory River caused the road to close.

A Queensland Police spokeswoman said a single lane has re-opened with traffic allowed through with police escort.

Travellers are being advised to expect delays. 

UPDATE: 2pm

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) have updated the Gregory River bushfire warning level to watch and act.

As of 1.45pm QFES states Longford Creek is likely to be impacted.

The fire is currently travelling in a north, north-westerly condition from the Bruce Highway in Gregory River, moving towards Longford Creek. 

The latest warning from QFES said conditions surrounding the fire are getting worse and have encouraged people to prepare to leave the area.

The Bruce Highway remains closed in both directions near the intersections of Eden Lassie Road. 

UPDATE: 1:10PM

A Queensland Fire and Emergency spokeswoman said firefighters were currently working to protect properties located around an out-of-control bushfire at Gregory River between Bowen and Proserpine. 

The spokeswoman said there was lots of smoke in the area, as firefighters work to prevent fires on structures. 

The Bruce Highway, at the United service station, is still closed in both directions a Queensland Police spokeswoman said. 

There is currently 11 fire crews on scene with 5 more incoming.

A watch and act warning remains in place for the area and residents are being advised to prepare to leave.

INITIAL 11.45AM

A bushfire threatening Gregory River has residents on alert as Queensland Fire and Emergency release a prepare to leave warning.

The fire has also forced closure of the Bruce Highway between Proserpine and Bowen.

Queensland Police announced the closure at Gregory River, near Greta Creek, about 11.20am this morning due to a bushfire and smoke haze.

Both directions are closed nearby the United Service Station.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency spokeswoman said the first triple-0 call for the fire came in at 1.45pm yesterday.

A QFES warning reads the fire is travelling in a north, north-west direction from the Bruce Highway near Gregory River moving toward Longford Creek. The fire is likely to impact Longford Creek. 

There are currently about 10 fire crews on scene.


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