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AustraliaQueensland bushfire threat rises as homes lost in escalating Sunshine Coast emergency situation

14:42  09 september  2019
14:42  09 september  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

Bushfire burns out-of-control west of the Gold Coast

Bushfire burns out-of-control west of the Gold Coast Residents west of the Gold Coast have been warned to prepare to leave their homes as out-of-control bushfire burns at Sarabah. Firefighters are working to contain the blaze, burning near Rowe Road and travelling south-easterly towards Upper Coomera Road, and near Curtis Road, travelling in a north-easterly direction. As searing temperatures set in across much of South East Queensland, authorities have warned conditions could get worse and Sarabah residents need to be ready to leave the area or follow their bushfire survival plan. © 9News Residents have been told to prepare to leave.

Alarming footage shows high winds driving a large bushfire overnight on the Sunshine Coast , where 10 homes have been lost at Peregian Springs and Peregian Beach.

Police are speaking to a number of teenagers over a fire that damaged homes at Peregian Beach overnight, as authorities continue to battle a blaze threatening large areas of the Sunshine Coast .

Homes are feared lost at Peregian Springs and Peregian Beach on Queensland's Sunshine Coast where police have declared an emergency situation due to the rapidly escalating bushfire threat.

Police have urged residents within the area to leave immediately and for anyone outside the zone to avoid travel to the area.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Assistant Commissioner Neil Gallant could not confirm how many homes were impacted.

East coast bracing for catastrophic bushfire conditions

East coast bracing for catastrophic bushfire conditions Firefighters in south-east Queensland and northern NSW are bracing for a catastrophic day as the east coast experiences its warmest start to spring in more than a decade.

Twenty-two homes have been lost in Queensland and NSW so far. At least 18 families have been left homeless after ferocious bushfires ravaged southern Queensland . There were no confirmed deaths from the emergency . But four people had to be rescued in very difficult circumstances on

Karin Radburnd fought for hours to save her home at Peregian Springs overnight as large flames surrounded the property after a large fire sparked a major ongoing emergency , forcing hundreds of residents to flee their homes .

However, the ABC understands 10 homes have been lost in Peregian Beach.

"Those gusty winds that we can all feel have driven this fire very hard in heath country and unfortunately we're getting reports of homes lost in that area," Assistant Commissioner Gallant said.

Queensland bushfire threat rises as homes lost in escalating Sunshine Coast emergency situation © Provided by Australian Broadcasting Corporation A bushfire burning close to homes at Peregian Springs was fanned by strong winds. (Supplied: Daniel Mcardle) "In that Peregian Beach area, north of Coolum, all along there up to Marcus Beach and further north we've got warnings out — people should listen to those warnings.

"We've currently got 44 vehicles on scene and another 16 responding to that area.

"As that fire pushes further north, any homes that are in that path, emergency alerts have gone out to those areas."

Hellish scenes as bushfires tear through Queensland towns destroying at least a dozen homes and leaving a suburb glowing red hot - and the worst is yet to come

Hellish scenes as bushfires tear through Queensland towns destroying at least a dozen homes and leaving a suburb glowing red hot - and the worst is yet to come Apocalyptic video showed the chaos as a red glow descended on Peregian Beach and Marcus Beach on Queensland's Sunshine Coast and flames licked at buildings. Residents were ordered to evacuate immediately after the properties were destroyed by the raging fires on Monday night.

The bushfire crisis is expected to remain volatile overnight in Queensland with one blaze at emergency level at Cobraball, while Sunshine Coast residents return to their homes as firefighters continue to keep the Cooroibah fire at bay.

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The declared emergency zone is bounded by Old Emu Mountain Road, David Low Way, the Sunshine Coast Motorway and Podargus Parade.

An evacuation centre has been established at the Coolum Surf Life Saving Club.

Earlier, Assistant Commissioner Gallant had warned the fire, which flared rapidly on Monday afternoon, could impact Coolum State High School.

"Winds have driven it very hard through that heath area in behind Coolum State School," he said.

About 100 people take refuge at O'Reilly's resort

Queensland bushfire threat rises as homes lost in escalating Sunshine Coast emergency situation © ABC NEWS Peregian Springs bushfire threat On Monday afternoon, QFES issued an emergency warning for a "dangerous" bushfire heading towards the O'Reilly area in the Lamington National Park, with advice to leave immediately.

Queensland remains in the midst of the worst bushfire threat in recorded history and an omen of things to come, the state's fire service has warned.

Eighty-seven fires are now raging across the state in what has been the worst known start to the bushfire season.

Text messages 'expose teenage arsonists as responsible' for a raging bushfire that's forced hundreds of terrified locals to flee their homes

Text messages 'expose teenage arsonists as responsible' for a raging bushfire that's forced hundreds of terrified locals to flee their homes Facebook messages have exposed teen arsonists as those allegedly responsible for a raging bushfire in a beachside town on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Police have confirmed they are speaking to a number of juveniles in relation to blazes that ripped through the region on Monday night. One of the worst hit areas was Peregian Beach, where many residents were forced to flee their homes and spend the night in evacuation centres. At least one home has been destroyed as the fire continued to burn on Tuesday.

At least eight of the fires are suspicious, Queensland Police Commissioner Katrina Carroll told Police were questioning two 14-year-old girls over a fire in bushland near the Gold Coast , the spokeswoman said. Bushfires have started earlier than normal in the southern hemisphere spring.

Residents on the Sunshine Coast are praying a 15,000L payload of fire retardant dropped by a Boeing 737 helps bring a devastating blaze under control. Ferocious bushfires burning across Queensland and New South Wales with multiple homes lost . Thousands of residents across Queensland and

Late on Monday, QFES issued an emergency warning to leave O'Reilly immediately as a "dangerous fire" was travelling in a westerly direction towards Lamington National Park Road.

The blaze is expected to impact Lamington National Park Road at O'Reilly.

QFES described O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat as a place of refuge for people in the area.

Queensland bushfire threat rises as homes lost in escalating Sunshine Coast emergency situation © ABC NEWS Firefighters hose down bushland Late on Monday afternoon, QFES Deputy Commissioner Mike Wassing said about 97 people had withdrawn back into the O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, with the fire crossing the Lamington National Park Road.

"Given that it is a one-way road in and out, people have withdrawn back to O'Reilly's to make sure that they're in a good place and safe," he said.

Police said authorities remain in contact with the retreat and are confident people there face no immediate danger.

However, at 8pm on Monday QFES warned strong winds would impact numerous areas of within the Sarabah bushfire overnight, including Canungra, O'Reilly and Binna Burra.

Blazes flare at Lowmead

A QFES watch and act warning at 6:50pm urged residents of Lowmead, north-west of Bundaberg, to leave now with a large and fast-moving fire continuing to move in a northerly direction.

Teenagers charged over Peregian Beach bushfire on Sunshine Coast

Teenagers charged over Peregian Beach bushfire on Sunshine Coast Police allege the pair gathered in bushland on Monday afternoon and deliberately lit the blaze, which gutted one home and tore through Sunshine Coast bushland.

The hail came as an emergency warning was issued for a large out of control bushfire north of Toowoomba with residents told to evacuate.

An emergency level fire was threatening Port Lincoln in South Australia on Monday evening. Victoria is sending another 300 firefighters and New Zealand has pledged further From AAP: Horse owners are being urged to move their animals to a safe place in the face of the catastrophic bushfire threat .

QFES said the fire had impacted parts of Seeds Road and would impact Tableland Road within the next two hours.

They warned residents on Tableland Road between Gorge Road and Mitchell Road to leave now.

Queensland bushfire threat rises as homes lost in escalating Sunshine Coast emergency situation © ABC NEWS Canungra fire evacuee Residents along Seeds Road and residents of Tableland Road north of the intersection of Seeds Road and Tableland Road should evacuate north along Tableland Road in the direction of Miriam Vale or Agnes Water, with refuge available at Miriam Vale Community Centre.

Residents south of the intersection of Seeds Road and Tableland Road should evacuate south along Tableland Road in the direction of Bundaberg.

Six state schools will be closed on Tuesday because of the bushfire threat.

They are Beechmont, Pozieres, Linville, Ballandean, Glen Aplin and Severnlea state schools.

Education Minister Grace Grace said seven Stanthorpe state schools and one Catholic school that were closed on Monday would reopen on Tuesday.

Fire danger has never been as severe

QFES predictive services inspector Andrew Sturgess said the fire danger had never been as severe so early in spring.

Acting Premier Jackie Trad said almost 50 structures had been damaged by fire across the state, with 12 of those completely destroyed.

"These are obviously challenging conditions but we have resources deployed right throughout the state on the ground and in the air," she said.

Residents sprayed with ember rain as 'deliberately lit' bushfire raged

Residents sprayed with ember rain as 'deliberately lit' bushfire raged Home owners in Peregian Beach, on the Sunshine Coast, were seen running to pick up hoses and buckets of water while embers sprayed them from above. "This massive ember rain was raining down on our house (and)… on the street," resident Mike Dekker told 9News. Two teenagers – a fourteen-year-old boy and a fifteen-year-old girl – were charged with allegedly deliberately lighting fires that led to the inferno that has devastated the Peregian Beach area.

Queensland bushfire threat rises as homes lost in escalating Sunshine Coast emergency situation © ABC NEWS Applethorpe bushfire damage "We have closed 11 schools [on Monday] out of an abundance of caution — these schools have not been damaged — it is about ensuring access routes remain clear and kids are out of the heavily polluted atmosphere.

"Around 97 properties have been assessed for damages, about 47 have been recorded as being damaged or destroyed as a result of the fires."

She said recovery centres were being set up to help people get any assistance they need, including hardship grants and damage assessment.

"There will be communication from the insurance council and individual insurers, so people can start making contact with insurance agencies."

Satellite analysis of the Gold Coast hinterland bushfire zone suggests portions of rainforest have gone up in flames — an unprecedented occurrence.

Bureau of Meteorology weather services manager Richard Wardle warned conditions across the state would not ease until mid-week.

"The dry air has penetrated deep into the tropical north, and is expected to cause very high fire dangers along the north-east coast," he said.

"It's not until Wednesday, when we see the true easing of the winds, when we could see those fire danger ratings ease back to high instead of very high."

'We have no idea what we are left with'

In nearby Binna Burra, a continuing blaze destroyed the heritage-listed Binna Burra Lodge, dealing a major blow to the region's economy.

"The only thing we know for sure that has survived is the business car," Steven Noakes, chairman of Binna Burra Lodge, said.

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"That represents nine decades of Binna Burra as of a physical item as of today, that one car."

Binna Burra is a mid-sized tourism business with 70 staff and a turnover of $5-6 million, making it the biggest single employer in the community in Beechmont.

On Monday afternoon, local resident Sharon (surname withheld) was waiting to be allowed back home, at a road block at Lower Beechmont.

"We don't know really what is going on — that's why I am here," Sharon said.

"I want to find out whether we have something to go back to. You hear things through other people and websites. We have seen footage but we have no idea what we are left with."

Sharon's sister was escorted by police and firefighters into the area on Sunday and said at the time both her and Sharon's house were still standing.

"She said it could still be under threat with the wind direction changing but at that point it was still standing," Sharon said.

"Two houses down was gone, two houses up was gone. It's the luck of the draw really isn't it — where the fire is going to land."

Another resident Irene (surname withheld) said she was staying with a friend at Lower Beechmont, while her husband stayed at home to look after the house.

"He's got all the hoses out around the house ready to go if anything happens, but nothing had happened so far," she said.

"I've tried for several days to go back home but the police have been at Sommerville Road and said I can't go past."

Some Applethorpe residents return home

In Applethorpe on Queensland's Granite Belt, some families have been allowed to return home while others are yet to survey the devastation.

Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said damage assessments were now underway.

"There are some areas of course that people are only allowed in via escort," she said.

"There's certainly been a lot of assets destroyed in the form of infrastructure, sheds, tanks — that sort of thing."

She said one agricultural business had lost everything in the blaze.

At the height of the crisis, about 300 people were staying in evacuation centres in Stanthorpe and Warwick.

The Housing Department has moved into the community and is organising accommodation for residents who have lost their homes.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Assistant Commissioner Kevin Walsh said residents who have evacuated should not return home unless they have permission from authorities.

"We're starting a process with some residents that are potentially able to return to their premises to look after urgent matters, particularly animal welfare," he said.

"If you have not made arrangements with us to return to your house, you still cannot return — it's not safe."

Other dangers, including falling gum trees, are also a risk for people returning home, while severe drought conditions on the Southern Downs were also proving challenging for firefighters.

Cr Dobie said water may need to be trucked into the town earlier than expected.

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