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AustraliaGold Coast hinterland bushfire out of control, fires expected to increase this afternoon across Queensland

09:50  08 september  2019
09:50  08 september  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Crews are battling 57 fires across Queensland including one that is out of control on the Gold Coast hinterland , with the QFES declaring the "unprecedented" blazes are just the start of a A bushfire at Binna Burra is burning out of control and heading to Numinbah Valley in the Gold Coast hinterland .

Fire has destroyed the historic Binna Burra Lodge in the Gold Coast hinterland . Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Assistant Commissioner Kevin Walsh said access had hindered the QFES confirmed bushfires had caused "significant" damage to the heritage-listed Binna Burra Lodge in the

A bushfire at Binna Burra is burning out of control and heading to Springbrook National Park in the Gold Coast hinterland.

A watch and act has been issued for a fire burning in Linville, near Moore, in the Somerset region, where conditions are getting worse.

Acting Fire Commissioner Mike Wassing said there were 57 fires burning across Queensland as of this afternoon, but that figure was expected to grow further.

Commissioner Wassing said the Binna Burra fire remained challenging, with no break in conditions expected until Wednesday.

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Emergency warnings have been issued for out - of - control bushfires in southern Queensland as more than 50 fires burn across the state amid potentially catastrophic One of the warnings was for a fire burning at Binna Burra, south of Canungra in the Gold Coast Hinterland , though this was listed as a

The fire remained out of control , and was burning towards the community of Numinbah Valley, north-east of Binna Burra. Fire authorities have warned the danger posed by the Binna Burra fire will not be over for days, with strong winds expected to persist until Tuesday.

"Very remote, really difficult conditions for our firefighters, many of those areas and a lot of those assets, we just cannot get to," he said.

Gold Coast hinterland bushfire out of control, fires expected to increase this afternoon across Queensland © Provided by Australian Broadcasting Corporation Fire conditions are expected to again worsen this afternoon. (ABC News) "Once we get to Wednesday we've still got a lot of work to do, and it's going to be a very long season for us ahead."

The fires have also forced the closure of ten schools so far across the state — many of them in the Granite Belt region.

The manager of the QFES predictive services unit, Andrew Sturgess, said the fire conditions were unprecedented in Queensland.

"It is an historic event. [We've] never seen this before in recorded history — fire weather has never been as severe, this early in Spring," Inspector Sturgess said.

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About 70 fires are still burning in Queensland . Crews have taken control of the large Peregian blaze and residents are returning Weather conditions have eased, but are expected to intensify again on Friday. The recent Gold Coast hinterland bushfire prompted the question — can rainforests burn?

The Queensland Rural Fire Service says weather conditions indicate there will be an extreme to locally catastrophic Catastrophic bushfire conditions forecast for parts of southern Queensland . Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) senior forecaster Peter Otto said a cold front would move across the state today.

"So this is an omen, if you will — a warning of the fire season that we're likely to see ahead in the south-eastern parts of the state, the driest parts of the state, where most of our population is."

The Acting Queensland Premier, Jackie Trad, said the severe conditions could be attributed to climate change.

"There is no doubt that with an increasing temperature with climate change, then what the scientists tell us is that events such as these will be more frequent and they will be much more ferocious," she said.

The bushfire in the Gold Coast hinterland caused extensive damage to the historic Binna Burra Lodge.

The heritage-listed accommodation at Beechmont was founded by conservationists in 1933.

Surrounded by Lamington National Park, the lodge has panoramic views of the surrounding rainforest.

The area is part of the World Heritage-listed Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves of Australia.

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A bushfire that destroyed one home and damaged several others at Peregian Beach on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland overnight continues to burn out of control , and there are concerns fires in the Gold Coast hinterland could flare again later this week. Police have spoken to four teenagers aged

Ferocious bushfires burning across Queensland and New South Wales with multiple homes lost. More than 90 fires are now raging across Queensland and 55 in NSW, with scores of homes lost or damaged in Ruins of Binna Burra Lodge devastated after bushfires in the Gold Coast Hinterland .

Gold Coast hinterland bushfire out of control, fires expected to increase this afternoon across Queensland © ABC NEWS Queensland bushfires "The level of damage at Binna Burra resort is quite extreme," Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said.

"The Lodge has been fully destroyed. The majority of the commercial assets — the accommodation, the units, the restaurant and so forth — have also all been destroyed and there will be a significant recovery effort."

At least 11 homes had already been destroyed at Binna Burra and the fire was revised to a watch and act level early this morning.

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Eight aircraft were being sent to the Binna Burra blaze, including water bombers.

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Queensland Fire and Emergency Services say 11 homes have been lost in Sarabah and Binna Burra, as well as three in the Southern Downs region and one in the far north. Queensland remains in the grips of a bushfire emergency with more than 60 fires raging across the state.

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QFES Superintendent Corey Bock said the area remains a concern, with access difficult.

"The Binna Burra area is very steep, it's very high country, it's very inaccessible for most of it.

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

The fire is burning on both sides of Binna Burra Road, south of Summerville Road, travelling in an easterly direction towards Numinbah Valley and Springbrook.

Those who have left the area should not return as conditions are too dangerous. Anyone in the area should be ready to leave in case the situation gets worse quickly.

Binna Burra Road remains closed.

Many families affected by the fires near Beechmont have been evacuated to the Canungra showgrounds.

Among them are the Beggs family, who fled their property with 35 horses, two dogs and 10 border collie puppies that were 1-2 days old.

Despite being prepared, they said it came as a shock when they had to evacuate.

Gold Coast hinterland bushfire out of control, fires expected to increase this afternoon across Queensland © ABC NEWS Canungra Beggs family "It was terrible, because it all started at 3:30 on Friday morning when the police knocked on the door and said you've got to go, be ready," Dennis Beggs said.

They were watching the fires heading towards Binna Burra on Friday night to make sure the flames weren't heading their way.

"Those fires went through like a freight train, it was like a plane going past, they were moving so fast," Tracey Beggs said.

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They are still hoping their house will be standing unscathed when they return during the week.

Authorities are also monitoring the fire in the nearby Numinbah Valley, where 101 prisoners and some staff at the women's correctional centre were evacuated.

"We've done a lot of doorknocking in the area," Superintendent Bock said.

"I think we're well prepared in that area now."

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The Stanthorpe fire has been contained but firefighters are continuing to focus their efforts on Ellwood Road, Kelly Road and Allen Lane.

An exclusion warning remains in place while some residents have been allowed to return home.

Gold Coast hinterland bushfire out of control, fires expected to increase this afternoon across Queensland © ABC NEWS Pfeiffer family The Pfieffer family, from near Stanthorpe and Applethorpe, returned to their home around midday Sunday.

With no power to the property as the fire approached on Friday night, Eddie Pfeiffer ran buckets of tank water to dowse the garden.

His wife Haley said for a number of hours they still thought the house was gone.

Eight-year-old Toby said it was scary to watch from his grandmother's house as the hill where the family home is went up in flames on Friday night.

Gold Coast hinterland bushfire out of control, fires expected to increase this afternoon across Queensland © ABC NEWS Pfeiffer kids with possum The family managed to save a ring-tailed possum from the fire and are looking after it after its burns were bandaged by wildlife rescue workers.

Weather conditions unlikely to ease until Wednesday

Senior BoM forecaster Sam Campbell said conditions would start to ease from Tuesday but people should not be complacent with the cooler temperatures today.

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"Very high fire dangers are expected through southern and south-eastern Queensland affecting the major fires of concern for today," he said.

"We'll just continue to see dry, westerly winds and temperatures getting up into the low 20s, but probably the main issue is going to be the wind combined with the relative humidity which will be dropping down to the low 20s again."

Over three days, at least 20 structures have been lost.

Fear firebugs behind FNQ blazes

In Far North Queensland, firefighters are urging residents to report suspicious behaviour to Crimestoppers, with fears some fires are being lit deliberately.

The Atherton Tablelands have been hit hard by fires this week, with one blaze engulfing a home at Biboohra, north of Mareeba.

Area commander Inspector Shane Jarvis said crews were concerned about the way some fires were starting.

Gold Coast hinterland bushfire out of control, fires expected to increase this afternoon across Queensland © ABC NEWS Rural Fire Service firefighters While an investigation is underway into a deliberately lit grassfire at Pimpama on the northern Gold Coast.

State Disaster Coordinator Steve Gollschewski said police would be "relentless" in their search for the offender.

"That's extremely disappointing — people's lives, including emergency services workers, [are] put at risk," he said.

"The people who do these sorts of acts tie up police resources for the investigations, for offences which I might add are very serious can include life imprisonment."

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