Bushfire risks shuts school as firefighters return to front
A SCHOOL is closed and fire crews are conducting back-burning operations after a bushfire raged near Karara yesterday.
Leyburn Rural Fire Service crews have returned to the fire-front and will be backed up by at least four other units as they work to bolster containment lines.
The Department of Education has advised Karara State School is closed today due to the bushfire between Strathyre Rd, moving towards Toowoomba Karara Rd.
Residents in the area are being urged to stay informed about the situation after a "prepare to leave" notice was issued by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services on Sunday afternoon.
Aerial bombers were deployed to bolster the fire response and ground crews who managed to stop the fire's fast movement towards properties and structures.
The latest alert, issued at 6.40pm Sunday, urged residents to keep up to date and decide what actions they would take should the situation changed.
A wind change slowed the fire down, giving relief to firefighters.
Cambooya, Greymare, Warwick and Gore Rural Fire Service crews will back up Leyburn crews at the scene today.
Meanwhile the Department of Education has advised parents and caregivers the Karara State School has been closed for the day "in the interests of student, staff and community safety".
"If parents or caregivers are unsure about the status of their child's school, they should check the school website, Facebook page or contact the school directly as required," the department said in a statement.
"If families have children at an early childhood education centre, they should also check with the centre to check on the status.
"The department urges all school communities across central Queensland to remain vigilant and keep up-to-date with the latest weather warnings and fire alerts."