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Bushfire threatens homes on Qld island

AAP logoAAP 15/12/2016 Stuart Layt

Reinforcements are on the way to help fight a large out-of-control bushfire on Russell Island in Moreton Bay.

The fire broke out about 2.15pm on Thursday on the southeast Queensland island and quickly spread.

A number of fire crews and a water-bombing helicopter spent the afternoon trying to contain the blaze, with extra crews and volunteers travelling to the island from the mainland.

About 60 homes were under threat. While none had been damaged, dozens were in the direct path of the blaze by 6pm.

Residents in effected areas towards the south of the island were evacuated to the northern end where Redland City Council activated the Local Disaster Management centre.

QFES at one stage issued an emergency warning then downgraded that to a "Watch and Act" message. However at all times they advised residents to evacuate if possible.

Police also made an emergency declaration for the affected parts of the island, which allows them to forcibly remove people if necessary.

Crews were expected to battle into the night to bring the fire under control.

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