Police have declared an emergency situation at Peregian Springs and Peregian Beach in relation to a bushfire in the area.
The declaration was made at 7:08pm under the provisions of the Public Safety Preservation Act.
The declared zone is bounded by Old Emu Mountain Road, David Low Way, the Sunshine Coast Motorway and Podargus Parade.
Police are urging residents within the area to self-evacuate and for anyone outside the zone to avoid travel to the area.
An evacuation centre has been established at the Coolum Surf Life Saving Club.
If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.
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