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Australia Two Queensland bushfires defeated after threatening lives nine days ago

00:25  19 november  2019
00:25  19 november  2019 Source:   brisbanetimes.com.au

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Queensland Fire and Emergency Services was also warning residents of the Sunshine Coast that a “large fast-moving” bushfire that may threaten lives is Conditions had eased somewhat overnight across NSW, with the number of fires at emergency warning level down from 17 to nine , but a fuller

a sunset over a city street: The Thornton bushfire in Queensland's Lockyer Valley. Firefighters are no longer needed on that firefront.© Guy Sneesby The Thornton bushfire in Queensland's Lockyer Valley. Firefighters are no longer needed on that firefront.

Firefighters have claimed victory in the battle against two major south-east Queensland bushfires that threatened lives and homes earlier this month.

Fire crews were no longer required on the frontlines at Thornton and Lefthand Branch, both south-east of Toowoomba, where both blazes were tearing on Sunday, November 10.

The urgent evacuation warning for Crows Nest, about 35 kilometres north-east of Toowoomba, was also cancelled overnight, leaving only two evacuation orders in place on Tuesday: one for residents near the Moreton Island town of Bulwer and another for all campers on the island.

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The high temperatures and winds that have fanned severe bushfires in southern Queensland ease on Wednesday, but some communities need to stay alert with about 70 blazes still burning. As the hot weather and winds that fanned severe bushfires in southern Queensland ease, residents and

The number of Queensland bushfires has dropped to 70, after being in the high 70s and low 80s throughout Monday, and 85 fire trucks were on the front lines on Tuesday morning.

There were unconfirmed reports of five more homes lost to flames near Pechey in the Toowoomba region, but the fire service has no confirmation. The number of destroyed homes remain at 16.

"A lack of significant rain on the horizon means it will continue to be a difficult period for fire crews and affected communities," a Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said.

"Conditions will definitely not be as severe as it has been, with fire danger ratings at 'high' and very high' today."

Residents in a large part of the Toowoomba region have also been banned from outdoor water use after the Pechey bushfire burnt powerlines connected to the Cressbrook Dam pump station.

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Frontline firefighters remained on edge despite the easier conditions, with particular concern for the dangerous blazes at Pechey and Ravensbourne in the Toowoomba region, the flames close to the NSW border near Mount Lindesay, as well as the fires affecting Moreton Island.

Forecaster Kimba Wong said a peak in the dangerous bushfire conditions was due on Wednesday.

"Firefighting conditions will remain challenging through this week," Ms Wong said.

"The winds have dropped back just a touch and they are more onshore for the next couple of days.

a close up of clouds in the sky: Rural Fire Service firefighter Julia Hopkins captures the glow of the Thornton bushfire in the Lockyer Valley.© Julia Hopkins - Facebook Rural Fire Service firefighter Julia Hopkins captures the glow of the Thornton bushfire in the Lockyer Valley. "That brings the fire danger ratings down a little bit along the east coast with that moisture around and those more moderate temperatures.

"It looks like the storm activity has died down for the south-east for the next few days, coming into the weekend [and early next week] we might start to see some more storms around the south-east.

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The bushfires that are raging across eastern Australia destroyed more than 50 homes and injured 13 firefighters on Wednesday. Queensland Fire and Emergency Services warned that "conditions are now very dangerous and firefighters may soon be unable to prevent the fire advancing.

"But again it doesn't look like a huge amount of rainfall with those storms."

On Tuesday, temperatures were forecast to be 5-7 degrees above average and the mercury was set to rise 7-10 degrees above average on Wednesday.

Gatton, 75 kilometres west of Brisbane, was predicted to reach a maximum of 37 and 39 degrees on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, while Ipswich was expecting tops of 35 and 36.

Esk, 65 kilometres north-west of Brisbane, was forecast to hit 35 and 38 degrees on those days while Beaudesert, about 60 kilometres south of Brisbane, was predicted to reach 35 and 37.

Brisbane was set for a top of 31 and 32 degrees on those days, the Gold Coast suburb of Nerang was forecast to hit 32 and 34, while the Sunshine Coast suburb of Caloundra was expecting 29 and 31.

Ms Wong said the south-east Queensland smoke haze was forecast to worsen once again as winds blew the smoke from the Moreton Island bushfire back inland.

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On Monday, the Queensland Ambulance Service and Queensland Health evacuated 19 residents from a Crows Nest retirement home to Toowoomba's St Vincent's Hospital because of the threat from the Pechey bushfire.

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"Residents in the township and surrounding areas are quite anxious because of the conditions of the fire and it’s just so unpredictable with the weather changing all the time," QAS Darling Downs acting assistant commissioner Loretta Johnson said.

Crow’s Nest State School was also closed on Monday due to the bushfire threat and remained closed on Tuesday, according to the Department of Education.

Meanwhile, Bear the koala detection dog has been sniffing around bushland left scorched by the Queensland and NSW bushfires to see if there is any scent of surviving koalas.

Last week, Bear scoured the charred Cooroibah forest on the Sunshine Coast, which was one of the worst-affected areas and where one of the 16 homes was lost during the bushfire emergency.

While the border collie-Koolie cross did not find any signs of koalas in Cooroibah, he did pick up the scent of surviving koalas in bushland around the northern NSW town of Ballina.

Bear stumbled into his new profession after being given up by his owners when he was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder. He did not make a good pet as OCD dogs do not like to play.

But the qualities that didn't make him a model pet made him an ideal detection dog.

He was rescued by the University of the Sunshine Coast, which trained him to track down koalas.

At Microsoft News Australia we've partnered with the giving platform Benevity to raise funds for Australian Red Cross, St Vincent De Paul Society and The Salvation Army; these organisations are helping communities across the country devastated by bushfires. You can help these organisations by donating here and for the latest news and RFS links visit Bushfire emergency.

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