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Firefighters Get Upper Hand On Sunshine Coast Blaze

The bushfire at Caloundra has been contained.

19/08/2017 9:32 AM AEST | Updated 20/08/2017 11:45 AM AEST
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Firefighters have contained a bushfire at Caloundra.

Firefighters battling a huge bush fire on Queensland's Sunshine Coast say the blaze is now under control.

"The fire burning in the vicinity of Little Mountain (Caloundra) has been contained," Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) said on Sunday morning.

The blaze broke out south of Caloundra on on Friday afternoon, threatening homes and causing evacuations in the area.

Fire authorities worked through the night the strengthen containment lines and will continue to monitor the area throughout the day.

QFES said smoke would remain in the area with some smouldering logs.

On Saturday, authorities said the fire was no longer a threat to properties.

The threat caused QFES to advise impacted residents to take precautionary measures including moving cars to a safe location, bringing pets inside and closing windows and doors.

At the height of the emergency, Bells Creek resident Kim Malcolm told the ABC she could see the fire in the distance.

"It's just getting closer and the fact that it's jumped this large highway is really now hitting home that it's actually quite serious," she's quoted as saying.

"Family friends ... who live at Beerwah have come and collected our horses, so that's very good of them."

Fire crews in Queensland remain on high alert with dry, windy conditions expected across the state today.

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