Residents are still worried for their homes as the Teewah bushfire pushes north. This photo was taken on Wednesday afternoon from Boreen Point. Photo: Wayne Burr
Residents are still worried for their homes as the Teewah bushfire pushes north. This photo was taken on Wednesday afternoon from Boreen Point. Photo: Wayne Burr Wayne Burr

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SMOKE is affecting residents in a number of Sunshine Coast suburbs as winds push smoke from the Teewah bushfire south.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have received multiple calls from smoke in Alexandra Headland, Mountain Creek, Mooloolaba and Maroochydore.

Reports say the smoke is particularly heavy in the affected suburbs.

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A QFES spokeswoman said crews inspected each suburb but found no fire and believed it was coming from Teewah. 

A bushfire warning has been issued for residents in Teewah to stay alert as the blaze burns near the south-eastern side of Lake Cootharaba, on the western edge of the Great Sandy National Park. 

Aircraft and ground crews are working in the area.

Due to a wind change, surrounding areas including Noosa and Tewantin may be affected by ash and smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

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

A local fire ban remains in place in the area.


RESIDENTS are being urged to stay informed as the Teewah bushfire travels north.

At 12.50pm, the fire was burning in the Johns Landing Area between the Noosa River and the northern end of Johns Rd.

It's currently travelling in a north, north-westerly direction, but a predicted wind change may affect residents southwest of the Noosa River between Lake Cooroibah and Lake Cootharaba, as well as residents east of McKinnon Dr near Ringtail State Forest.

The are will continue to be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality, the QFES advises.

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe your property is under threat.


RESIDENTS in Teewah are returning home this morning after they were evacuated last night when a bushfire threatened the township.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service has downgraded its bushfire warning level to advice.

As at 2.30am, the bushfire was burning on the eastern side of the Noosa River, west of Teewah township.

It was travelling slowly in a north, north-westerly direction.


A fire currently burning toward Teewah Beach started on the southern side of the Noosa River early this afternoon according to authorities.

A barge operator spotted smoke at 1pm and raised the alarm.

Reports suggest there was a fire permit issued, that was due to expire at noon, to burn rubbish at John's Landing on the southern side of the Noosa River.

That fire was reignited by south-easterly winds reaching speeds of 40km/h this afternoon.

The fire then jumped the Noosa River and is now burning near the Teewah airstrip in thick scrub.

Mike Hancock from the Noosa North Shore Rural Fire Brigade said flames were reaching heights of two and three metres with firefighters working on a plan to protect assets in that area.

Currently there is ten to 12 crews at the scene with the principal concern being the ability to create a fire break to protect properties at Teewah Beach.

Ironically, north of town lies a massive burnt out area caused by a fire that stopped short of the town about a month ago.