Monday, 23 September, 2019


Bushfires out of control in NSW and Queensland, expected to increase

A bushfire burning at night A bushfire burning at night
Bennie Garza | 11 September, 2019, 05:40

At Linville, residents were told to leave if they didn't have a plan because the fire would probably hit George Street, John Street, David Street, Anne Street, William Street and Alice Street, Linville before 5 p.m.

Fire and Emergency crew battle bushfire near a house in the rural town of Canungra in the Scenic Rim region of South East Queensland, Australia, on September 6, 2019.

There are about 50 fires burning around the state but a blaze at the border towns of Applethorpe and Stanthorpe and a fire in the Gold Coast hinterland are causing the most concern.

"I think we are through the worst of it, but we still have a couple of days to go before it really starts to cool down", he said.

"Firefighters are still fighting there in hard conditions and that is expected to continue for days", a Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesman says.

The warning arrived immediately after a male was caught allegedly back again-burning in very unsafe ailments around Rockhampton on Sunday, and the fire distribute.

QFES assistant commissioner Megan Stiffler told a community meeting in Stanthorpe they would not have the fire under control before Monday.

'Fire weather has never been as severe, this early in Spring'.

QFES and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service crews were on scene and the fire had been contained.

Commissioner Mike Wassing said there was still a lot of work to be done on the Stanthorpe/Applethorpe fire but it was not likely to threaten any further homes.

A fire has caused extensive damage to the Binna Burra historic mountain lodge complex in Queensland
Part of the heritage-listed Bina Burra Lodge complex in 2009

Acting Premier Jackie Trad said climate change meant the state was facing a new era of fire risks.

Images of the blaze present the severity, with 11 properties within the Binna Burra area destroyed, as firefighters battle to backburn in an effort to maintain fires below management.

"The reality is that we should expect significant structural loss, that has already occurred and potentially much more loss", Scenic Rim mayor Greg Christensen said.

The State Government has announced the establishment of a taskforce to help support the historic Binna Burra Lodge, gutted by the devastating bushfires in the Hinterland.

"So it's making firefighting in that area very, very hard".

Meanwhile, State Disaster Coordinator Steve Gollschewski said a deliberately-lit fire at Pimpama was being investigated.

Crews have worked overnight with landholders to protect isolated properties in the area, while a number of tactical back-burns also have been conducted.

"We've had some rain that's created a fuel load there, that has exacerbated the problem there coupled with circumstances on Friday and Saturday that were beyond belief", he told Radio National on Monday.

"We will be relentless in trying to find you, so just don't do it", he said.

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