Qld fire contained, residents return home

A bushfire at Peregian Beach in Qld has been downgraded as firefighters work to contain the blaze.
A bushfire at Peregian Beach in Qld has been downgraded as firefighters work to contain the blaze.

Residents forced to flee a bushfire threatening homes on the Sunshine Coast have been allowed to return but urged to remain on alert.

Warnings for the fire burning in national parkland near homes at Peregian Beach have been downgraded with the fire now contained and under control.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was concerned for the welfare of residents after several homes were lost and bushland destroyed last month.

"After the ordeal of the September firestorm in this area, residents will be worried for their properties," the premier said on Wednesday.

Noosa mayor Tony Wellington said it was a difficult time.

"Having been through an extraordinary circumstance just a few weeks ago, only to have all those emotions and concerns re-invoked - it's not going to be easy for them," Cr Wellington said.

Residents were evacuated when police declared an emergency for an area bounded by Woodland Drive to Stumers Creek Road, David Low Way and the Sunshine Coast Motorway.

But the 'leave now" warning has been downgraded to 'stay informed' for what is now a slow-moving fire travelling northwest from Stumers Creek and along the coastline to the east of David Low Way.

Huge plumes of smoke forced the closure of David Lowe Way, which remains closed between Tritonia Drive and Emu Mountain Road.

Australian Associated Press