Police have made an emergency declaration under the Public Safety Preservation Act due to a dangerous bushfire burning out of control at Lower Beechmont which is currently threatening homes.
The exclusion zone is bound by Nerang Murwillumba Road to the east, Armitage Creek to the west, the intersection of Beechmont Road and Mirani Street to the south and the intersection of Beechmont Road and Nerang Murwillumbah Road to the north.
Residents within the exclusion zone are urged to follow the advice of emergency services on the ground and leave the area now towards Nerang, if it is safe to do so.
An evacuation centre has been set up at Nerang Bicentennial Community Centre at 833 Southport Nerang Road.
Members of the public are advised to avoid the area.