An emergency exclusion zone has been declared in North Queensland as fires continue to burn

An emergency exclusion zone declared due to serious public safety concerns for residents of Mareeba in Far North Queensland has been lifted.

Queensland Police declared a state of emergency under the Public Safety Preservation Act (PSPA) due to an out-of-control fire in the area.

The exclusion zone affected residents of Mareeba town as parts of the Kennedy Highway were closed.

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Queensland Police said the exclusion zone includes “the Kennedy Highway with Seary Road to the north, Henry Hannam Drive to the south and Lockwood Road to the east”.

Kennedy Highway was closed between Victory Road and McIver Road but has since reopened.

Police in Mareeba have issued an emergency declaration under the Public Safety Preservation Act (PSPA) following a vegetation fire. Credit: Queensland Police
QFES advises Mareeba residents to prepare their bushfire survival plans. Credit: QFES

“Prepare to leave”

Queensland Fire and Emergency (QFES) updated its Mareeba fire warning at around 4pm on Friday to read: “Prepare to leave” as the fire is believed to be out of control.

A QFES spokesperson advised Mareeba residents to have bushfire survival plans in place.

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James Brien

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