"PLEASE go back to your homes and gather your things and get out of here."
This was no time to hesitate, either stay and fight, or pack your car and leave while you can.
Agnew Crt resident Pru Schalkwyk chose the latter, with her husband away, she decided to exit while she could and take refuge at a friend's house in Wurtulla.
"We were waiting but the police have just come now and we all have to get out," she said.
She said nearby horses were still being evacuated, and she was taking the escape route while the road was still driveable.
"It is scary," she said.
"I'm very concerned with the amount of bushfires and just with these winds, how quickly it took off."
She said it was "unbelievably warm and scary" so it was "time to go", when she was packing her car last night.
Meanwhile nearby resident Nev Cahill said he was not as concerned as he'd been earlier in the afternoon, as the winds were blowing in the opposite direction of his Rosseau St home at the time evacuations were being called for.
He was meant to have his sons at home last night, but had arranged for them to stay elsewhere, as he'd seen the thick smoke plumes billowing on his way home from Nambour earlier Friday afternoon.
"I've never seen smoke like this," he said.
"There's fire trucks going up and down Bells Creek Arterial Rd.
"Probably most of the people have gone, but only in the last 10 minutes. I've never seen anything like it."
About 75 families were living in the new, first stage of the Aura development, when yesterday blaze, which started alongside the Bruce Hwy, began bearing down on the estate.
A small number of families sought refuge at the Lake Kawana Community Centre at Bokarina, where an evacuation centre was established.
Sunshine Coast Councillor Rick Baberowski said residents would probably be more comfortable staying with family and friends but was last night urging anyone without that option to come to the centre.
Cr Baberowski said there were about 25 people, who had left their homes, waiting at the centre.
"The staff are trying to make sure they have plenty of food and tea," Cr Baberowski said.
He said the people were concerned but upbeat.
"They are taking it with very good spirits," Cr Baberowski said.
A large emergency declaration zone was set up around Caloundra South yesterday afternoon, but residents in nearby areas, including the Bellvista estate, as well as Little Mountain residents, were also asked to evacuate.
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