As the Deepwater, Baffle Creek, Rules Beach, and Oyster Creek bush fire intensifies and ‘the leave now’ warnings have been issued again on Tuesday morning, the owners of Bucca Retreat, north of Bundaberg, have generously opened the doors to strangers who need shelter.
Bucca Retreat is owned by Peter and Sonia Fleming and managed by their son, Jamin.
“We have all been hearing about it on the news and radio and the current bushfires affecting surrounding areas, and they don’t seem like they are giving up anytime soon,” Jamin said.
His message to those in trouble is ‘if you know someone or are someone that can’t return to their property please get in contact with us’.
“Bucca Retreat is situated 20km north of Bundaberg, and as we only have school day trips out here for the next week it means we have up to 100 beds free in our cabins, hot showers, tea and coffee,” he said.
“And yes - we are far enough away from the fires!
“So if you know someone that needs somewhere to chill out for a few days let us know as we are happy to help.”
The progress of the fire slowed overnight on Monday, but is expected to intensify throughout the day and will continue to travel in a south-west direction.
Currently as at 7.20am, Tuesday, November 27, the fire is in an area between Pacific Drive and Muller Road travelling towards Baffle Creek, Rules Beach and Oyster Creek, and is impacting the Deepwater community now.
Air support operations will assist the efforts of firefighters on the ground throughout the day. The fire could have a significant impact on all communities in the area.
Fire crews are working to contain the fire but firefighters may not be able to protect every property. You should not expect a firefighter at your door. Power, water, and mobile phone service may be lost.
People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.
All Deepwater, Baffle Creek, Rules Beach and Oyster Creek residents should evacuate in a westerly direction towards Miriam Vale using Tableland Road and Fingerboard Road.
The evacuation centre is the Miriam Vale Community Centre at 41 Blomfield Street.
For those wanting more information on Bucca Retreat, visit their Bucca Retreat Facebook page.