Residents evacuate as a large bushfire pushes towards homes near Lake Weyba. Photo: Contributed
Residents evacuate as a large bushfire pushes towards homes near Lake Weyba. Photo: Contributed

‘GET OUT’: Residents flee fast-moving bushfire

SCHOOL camp manager Jason Thomas barely had time to grab his family's most precious belongings before fleeing a large bushfire threatening homes south of Lake Weyba.

He was in Coolum buying some groceries with his wife and son when he noticed smoke after 1pm.

A warning from fire authorities at 1.20pm was all he needed to get in the car to head back to his Lakewood Dr home.

He has been the site manager at Iona College's Glendalough camp for nearly three years and lives there with his wife and son.

Roads were already being blocked off as he and his family made their way home.

"The coppers were flying up and down the road," Mr Thomas said.

"They came in screaming at us to get out asap.

"We had to get home, pack up as quick as we could and get out of there."

He said previous experience of bushfires meant his family always had their belongings packed and ready to go.

"There were no flames but our place was covered in smoke.

"There was a fair fuel load behind it."

As far as he could tell, all of his neighbours got out safely.

"It looked like everybody was out of the street."

He said there were no students using the camp facilities so it was only his family that needed to evacuate.