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UPDATE 3.45pm

Smoke from a large bushfire at Meridan Plains may affect the Bruce Highway at Glenview and Palmview, south to Roys Rd.

The fire burning within contaminants and is posing no threat to property at this time.

Residents are asked to close windows and doors and if suffering from a respiratory condition, keep medications close by.

Motorists should drive with caution and to conditions.

If residents are concerned their property is under threat they are advised to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

UPDATE 12.15pm

Kawana Way Link Rd has re-opened after it was closed this morning due to a large grass fire at Meridan Plains.

Strong winds have pushed smoke towards Buderim, Sippy Downs and Mountain Creek, causing concern among residents that a second fire had sparked.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said there was no second fire.

Strong winds have pushed smoke from the Caloundra bushfire towards Mountain Creek, Buderim and Sippy Downs. Photo: Jade-Ellen Leak
Strong winds have pushed smoke from the Caloundra bushfire towards Mountain Creek, Buderim and Sippy Downs. Photo: Jade-Ellen Leak

Crews were still backburning to put in fire breaks, but an increased smoke warning has been issued for Caloundra.

UPDATE Noon:

Prevailing winds were the biggest concern for fire crews who have been battling a large grass fire in Meridan Plains for more than 12 hours.

Sunshine Coast firefighter Warren Hunter said eight rural fire crews and several support vehicles were at the fire front completing back burns this morning.

About 8pm Wednesday, a fire broke out in bushland near Caloundra Rd with strong winds blowing the fire towards houses to the east.

More than 20 crews were called to the scene.

Mr Hunter said multiple blocks of land with livestock were at threat and the animals were evacuated to the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services' command centre on Kawana Way Link Rd during the night.

Hot and dry winds added to the severity of the situation with Mr Hunter saying residents reported embers in their back yards.

"Winds were swirling around into the back of Parklands Estate with reports of embers flying into residents yards," he said.

With these concerns, the Public Safety and Preservation Act was activated about midnight for areas surrounding the fire in Little Mountain.

Sunshine Coast Council earthmoving equipment has been used to create a fire break so rural crews could get in with small vehicles to backburn.

Thick smoke from the backburning caused hazards on Kawana Way Link Rd, forcing it to close.

Mr Hunter said crews have worked tirelessly to create 95 per cent of required back burning. The remaining five per cent was expected to be finished by midday.

Crews will now monitor the blaze and control the edges as the wind increases incrementally.

"Overall it looks very positive. We are in a good position," Mr Hunter said. 

UPDATE 9am

A RAGING fire at Caloundra is causing traffic chaos this morning.

Kawana Way Link Rd is closed in both directions due to fires in the Little Mountain area.

Rural firefighters fighting to contain a bushfire in Meridan Plains.
Rural firefighters fighting to contain a bushfire in Meridan Plains. Contributed

Witnesses report bumper-to-bumper traffic along Creekside Blvd, heading north, with traffic moving very slowly.

Southbound traffic is moving steadily, but drivers are warned to expect delays.

A raging fire in the Little Mountain area has caused traffic chaos, sparking long delays.
A raging fire in the Little Mountain area has caused traffic chaos, sparking long delays. john mccutcheon

UPDATE 8am

Multiple Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) crews are on scene at a bushfire burning on the western side of Kawana Way Link Road, the northern side of Caloundra Road and the eastern side of Honey Farm Road, Caloundra.

The bushfire as seen from Caloundra Rd.
The bushfire as seen from Caloundra Rd. Photo: Facebook/Scott Roberts Scott Roberts‎

The fire is burning within containment lines and is posing no threat to property at this time, a QFES spokesperson said.

Firefighters will work to strengthen containment lines throughout the day.

Nearby residents may be affected by a smoke haze throughout the day. Residents are asked to close windows and doors, and if suffering from a respiratory condition, keep medications close by.

If residents are concerned their property is under threat they are advised to call 000 immediately.

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UPDATE 7.15am 

Kawana Way Link Road is closed in both directions between Caloundra Rd and Creekside Blvd due to fires.

Diversions are in place and police are urging residents to avoid the area if possible for the next few hours.

UPDATE 3.20am: Police have revoked an emergency declaration related to a large grass fire burning in the Little Mountain area.

The fire is no longer posing a threat to homes and the declaration under the Public Safety Preservation Act was revoked at 2.48am.

Police would like to thank residents for their patience as they worked to resolve the situation safely.

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EARLIER: Police have made an emergency declaration in relation to a large grass fire burning in the Little Mountain area.

A declaration was made about 12.09am under the Public Safety and Preservation Act.

It encompasses the boundaries of Kawana Link Road to the west, Caloundra Road to the south, Parklands Boulevard to the east and Meridan Way to the north.

Emergency declared in Little Mountain area
Emergency declared in Little Mountain area

Police are asking people within that area to await further advice from emergency services regarding possible evacuation.

The Queensland Police Service will provide more information on the Little Mountain PSPA when it becomes available.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews began fighting a vegetation fire burning near Caloundra Road at Caloundra after it broke out about 8pm.

As crews have worked to contain the blaze, smoke has been affecting the area.

Residents are urged to close windows and doors and keep their medications close by if they suffer from a respiratory condition.

People should call Triple Zero (000) immediately if they believe they or their property are under threat.

A further update issued at midnight advises the blaze has escalated to a bushfire which is now burning on the north side of Caloundra Road, west of Kawana Way Link Road, east of Honeyfarm Road, Caloundra.

People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

Crews will be using machinery to construct containment lines overnight in an effort to contain the fire.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:
• Listen to your local radio station or visit the Rural Fire Service website for regular updates.
• If you have a bushfire survival plan, refer to it now and be ready to follow it.
• If you do not have a bushfire survival plan, or if your plan is to leave, identify where you will go if the situation changes.
• Close windows and doors to minimise smoke exposure.
• If you suffer from a respiratory condition, keep your medication close by.
• Drive with caution in low visibility conditions.
• Contact your neighbours to see if they need help preparing for the bushfire.
• Consider finding your essential items (e.g., identification documents, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing such as a long-sleeved cotton shirt and trousers, and boots) in case you need to leave.
• Consider what you will do to protect your pets and livestock.
• Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
• Advise family and friends of your intended actions if the situation changes.

KEEP UP TO DATE BY:
• Following QFES on Facebook (@QldFireandRescueService) and Twitter (@QldFES)
• Staying tuned to your local radio station. Find your local ABC radio station at https://radio.abc.net.au/help/offline
• Visiting the Rural Fire Service website at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map

FURTHER INFORMATION:
• For bushfire preparation tips, visit the RFS website: www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/BushFire_Safety
• For information about road closures, call 13 19 40 or visit www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au