Peregian Springs residents are being urged to evacuate for the third time in four months after a large bushfire broke out this afternoon. Photos: John Park/John McCutcheon
Peregian Springs residents are being urged to evacuate for the third time in four months after a large bushfire broke out this afternoon. Photos: John Park/John McCutcheon

Terror as raging bush fire 'jumps' road

UPDATE: 4:30PM: A "TERRIFIED and angry" resident has described the moment giant flames "jumped" across the road in front of her vehicle. 

Tracey Dorrett was driving home along Doonan Bridge Road East when she saw flames jump across the road. 

The view of a Peregian fire from the top of Emu Mountain.
The view of a Peregian fire from the top of Emu Mountain. Michaela Jane

 

She immediately called her mother-in-law, who works at QFES, who told her the fire wasn't calming down.  

She said the third evacuation in four months was devastating for the Peregian Springs and surrounding community.  

"It's pretty terrifying for people that are along there," she said.  

"A lot of the residents are just pretty angry about the whole ordeal."  

McDermott Aviation fire fighting helicopters provided a map showing their water bombing flight path. Photo: McDermotts Aviation
McDermott Aviation fire fighting helicopters provided a map showing their water bombing flight path. Photo: McDermotts Aviation

Ms Dorrett's property on Verrierdale Rd is not currently under threat, but she said she was prepared to act and move her animals to safety.  

Her partner told her he was willing to stay and protect their home if needed.  

EARLIER: TERRIFIED Peregian Springs residents have been urged to evacuate for the third time in four months as a fast-moving bushfire threatens homes this afternoon.

Police have declared an emergency under the Public Service Preservation Act as the large fire pushes north-west.

The Sunshine Coast Daily is at the scene as fearful residents flee their homes. Flames can be seen and smoke is billowing as multiple firefighting crews and water bombing aircraft tackle the blaze.

A separate fire that broke out at Noosa Heads earlier this afternoon has been contained.