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Australia Queensland fire threat to lower on Saturday but fires still burning

18:30  08 november  2019
18:30  08 november  2019 Source:   brisbanetimes.com.au

RFS reveal 259 homes have been lost since Friday in NSW

  RFS reveal 259 homes have been lost since Friday in NSW Rural Fire Service has revealed 259 have been lost in the fires burning across NSW since last Friday, and more than 2000 homes have been saved. Rural Fire Service has revealed 259 have been lost in the fires burning across NSW since last Friday, and more th Improving conditions have allowed crews to gain an advantage over several fires but the weather is predicted to turn.There is a severe fire danger rating for much of the NSW coast and eight total fire bans are in place on Friday.

At 11am, 74 fires were burning around the state, with 33 uncontained despite the best efforts of more than 900 firefighters and support staff. Severe heat in Queensland . Extreme fire warnings have been issued for parts of Queensland as 28 blazes burn across the state and firefighters prepare for

There were 51 fires burning across Queensland on Saturday , with winds still extremely high. Temperatures had dropped but the fire danger remained high. Part of that fire was also burning east towards the Numinbah Valley and Springbrook. There were no confirmed deaths from the emergency.

a car driving down a dirt road: Smoke from an out-of-control bushfire billows near Clumber, south of Boonah in the Scenic Rim region, on Friday.© AAP Image/Dan Peled Smoke from an out-of-control bushfire billows near Clumber, south of Boonah in the Scenic Rim region, on Friday.

South-east Queensland will see relief from scorching temperatures on Saturday but the threat of bushfires remains after several blazes took hold on Friday.

Hot, dry and gusty west-to-south-westerly winds combined with temperatures 10 degrees above average on Friday to create tinderbox conditions in which more than 50 fires burned across the state.

More than 200 fire trucks, supported by 24 water-bombing aircraft, were deployed across the south-east to deal with the various blazes.

Authorities declare 'state of fire emergency' in parts of Queensland

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Both fires were being fanned north overnight. Andrew O’Sullivan, whose five-acre property on the edge of the Tuncurry township is covered in now-charred rainforest, said “Conditions are expected to ease but it’s still cause for concern,” an NSW Rural Fire Service spokesman told AAP late on Saturday .

Six fires still burned out of control, with another nineteen contained.[33]. Containment lines surrounded 85 per cent of the Kinglake–Murrindindi Weather conditions directed previously burning fires in the Yarra Ranges towards settlements in the upper Yarra Valley, but the fires were of a low

Residents at Cooroibah in Noosa’s north were told to leave their homes on Friday afternoon as a large bushfire moved into the area.

Police declared an emergency and an evacuation centre was set up at the Noosa Leisure Centre.

Authorities also evacuated the nearby suburb of Tewantin, with a second large fire threatening homes there.

Early on Friday night Noosa Mayor Tony Wellington said the situation was "very volatile".

The fast-moving fire was keeping emergency services on their toes as the winds were changing direction, Mr Wellington said.

"It's going to be a long night; it's going to be a distressing night," he said. "My sympathies go out to everyone."

A general smoke haze warning was issued for residents as far south as Caloundra and as far west as the Blackall Range.

Qld fire threat to worsen by weekend

  Qld fire threat to worsen by weekend The fire threat is expected to ease across Queensland on Thursday before conditions worsen heading into the weekend, the weather bureau says.Firefighters will make the most of a brief weather reprieve to strengthen containment lines as Queensland braces for worsening conditions.

Overstrand fires still burning . Published by Lucinda Dordley on January 13, 2019. Fire is contained to the northern side of the mountain currently no threat to residential areas. Firefighters also had a trying time fighting a flare up at Kardywerskraal on Saturday , but reports reflect that no flare ups

With 57 fires still burning across the state and that number expected to rise Sunday afternoon, Fire Inspector Andrew Sturgess has delivered an ominous prediction to authorities, including acting Premier Jackie Trad, at a meeting of the Queensland Disaster Management Committee on Sunday.

Meanwhile, residents at Buccan, south of Brisbane, were urged to prepare to leave on Friday before fire crews finally got the upper hand and contained the blaze.

The Thornton bushfire in the Lockyer Valley region split into two separate fires that advanced in different directions.

Firefighters managed to contain a blaze that sparked near homes in the western Brisbane suburb of The Gap, with some residents using garden hoses to protect their properties.

Firefighters said they suspected that fire had started as a result of a resident breaking a fire ban in the area, however investigations had not yet begun into the official cause.

Around Ipswich, west of Brisbane, four fires threatened homes, with residents of Laidley Creek West and Mulgowie, Tarome, Thornton and Lefthand Branch, Clumber and Moogerah warned to leave before fire overtook them.

Temperatures hit 39 degrees in Laidley and Beaudesert on Friday, while it reached 37 degrees in Brisbane.

Qld in grips of bushfire disaster and conditions to deteriorate in NSW

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Firefighters have described the most serious fire affecting the hard-hit Peregian Beach area on the Sunshine Coast as like a “flamethrower”, as authorities warn the strong winds and dry conditions mean the blazes could continue to burn for weeks. Where are the fires now?

At least 20 fires are burning across Queensland , several large fires in Western Australia's Kimberly region and several fires on NSW Central Coast, as of Other major bushfires burning in the Kimberly include fires at Fitzroy Crossing on Leopold Downs and Mount Elizabeth Station. In 2008, late season

Some relief was expected on Saturday, with temperatures expected to fall back to more usual November temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s.

But meteorologist Jess Gardner said there was still no rain in the immediate future to dampen the dry conditions.

Ms Gardner said there might not be average rainfall until February if predictions did not change.

"The climate outlook for the next few months is certainly that we’re expecting it to be hotter and drier than average, so there is a chance that we may not see any decent rainfall for some time," she said.

"For December through to February for the south-east quarter of Queensland, there is only a 20 to 30 per cent chance of exceeding average rainfall.

"For the rest of Queensland, we’re looking at about a 30 to 50 per cent chance of exceeding average, which means it may be average rainfall."

Ms Gardner said the forecast for November to January was predicted to be drier than average across the country.

"Bushfire and heatwave risks are likely to remain high for eastern Australia, and recent rain in central Queensland has been very welcome but is unlikely to ease longer-term rainfall deficiencies."

- with Jocelyn Garcia, AAP

Queensland bushfire threat to intensify today, BOM warns .
After a short-lived reprieve in conditions, authorities are bracing for the fire threat to again intensify in parts of Queensland, with the warmer weather expected to persist over the weekend. After a short-lived reprieve in conditions, authorities are bracing for the fire threat to again intensify in parts of Queensland, with the warmer weather expecte More than 61 fires are burning in the state, including a large, slow-moving bushfire at Black Snake, in the Gympie region.That fire and another cutting off the township of Woodgate, south of Bundaberg, have warnings for residents to leave now.

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