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AustraliaScenic Rim bushfire breaks containment lines, residents ready to flee

07:05  13 september  2019
07:05  13 september  2019 Source:   brisbanetimes.com.au

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Scenic Rim bushfire breaks containment lines, residents ready to flee© Dave Hunt Prime Minister Scott Morrison visits bushfire-affected area Binna Burra in the Scenic Rim region on Friday.

A bushfire in the Scenic Rim region is burning out of control and threatening homes again after breaking containment lines.

Residents have been told to prepare to abandon their homes as firefighters warn the situation could get worse quickly and they might not be able to protect every property.

The prepare-to-evacuate notice for Sarabah residents, about 30 kilometres south-west of the Gold Coast CBD, was issued by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services just before midday on Friday.

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Record- breaking temperatures and months of severe drought have fuelled a series of massive bushfires across Australia. More than 1,600 firefighters are currently working to slow the spread of fires and shore up containment lines , the NSW Rural Fire Service says.

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Scenic Rim bushfire breaks containment lines, residents ready to flee© Queensland Fire and Emergency Services While none of the state-wide bushfires are immediately threatening property on Friday, but plenty of smoke still remains.

"A large bushfire is travelling in a north-westerly direction from Pyramid Creek in Lamington National Park towards Lamington National Park Road, Sarabah," the QFES warned.

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"The fire is likely to impact Lamington National Park Road, north of Kamarun Lookout Road and Sarabah Road.

"Fire crews are working to contain the fire but firefighters may not be able to protect every property.

"Residents leaving the area should head north along Lamington National Park Road to Moriarty Park, Coburg Road, Canungra.

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"People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality."

Fifty-four fires were still burning across the state on Friday and the two-day reprieve for firefighters was over, because of the arrival of a temperature increase and wind change, according to the weather bureau.

However, the fresh winds were carrying more moisture to help dampen the fires and the wind direction could fan the flames back to already burnt ground.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has visited the bushfire-ravaged Scenic Rim towns of Canungra, Beechmont and Binna Burra on Friday. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was also touring Canungra.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Peter Otto said a south-easterly wind change was moving up the NSW coast and set to reach the Gold Coast and Brisbane by early to mid-afternoon on Friday.

"We're expecting the winds to lift, which will make the fires a bit more difficult to manage because we have lighter winds at the moment ... but they are not going to be as strong as last week," he said.

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Residents on the Sunshine Coast have been forced to flee as a huge bushfire threatens lives and "Firefighters are working to strengthen containment lines with efforts focussed around properties Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said a small convoy of evacuees from the Binna Burra and

Devastated residents leave their homes and animals behind as bushfire roars towards tiny NSW town. A number of fires are burning to the east of Buladelah. Rogers warned residents in areas listed as "We've got everything we can possibly need to be ready for this but obviously in conditions

"But there is a slight upside to this, in that the south-easterly change will push more moisture into the coastal areas.

"The extra moisture makes it harder for the bushfires to burn as vigorously, so while the wind change gives the fires more air, the extra moisture will reduce the influence of these winds."

Temperatures have spiked across south-east Queensland, with maximums of five to eight degrees above average expected on Friday.

Brisbane was heading for a top of 30 degrees on Friday, six degrees above average for this time of year.

Ipswich was bracing for 30 degrees, Beaudesert was expecting 31, Nambour on the Sunshine Coast was set for a maximum of 30 and Coomera on the Gold Coast was due to reach 29.

Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said on Tuesday that 17 houses had been destroyed by Queensland's bushfires, with four severely damaged, 27 moderately damaged and 36 suffering minor damage.

Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said 21 bushfires were under investigation by Taskforce Overcross, set up this week to target arsonists.

Ten of those fires were deliberately lit and the offenders in eight cases have been identified, with most of the perpetrators being youths.

Police have charged two teens who allegedly lit the blaze that went on to force thousands of people from their homes, destroy one woman's house and burn through hectares of bushland.

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