Bushfire season is here, and it has been beyond cruel to the Townsville region already.
Toolakea and Bluewater locals felt the full force of the fire on Tuesday arvo with numerous 'Prepare to leave' warnings issued from Queensland Fire & Emergency Services across the day and into the night.
Just after lunch time on Tuesday the smoke became such a hazard, that the Bruce Highway was closed for most of the afternoon.
See the footage below, of how close the flames came to properties.
You can prepare yourself and your property now, follow this link.