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Australia 'Prepare to leave': Bushfire blazing towards Toowoomba

05:56  02 december  2019
05:56  02 december  2019 Source:   brisbanetimes.com.au

Warnings to prepare to flee north Qld fire

  Warnings to prepare to flee north Qld fire Residents in a small town west of Cairns are being told to prepare to flee a bushfire.Authorities are warning people they should prepare to flee a bushfire burning west of Cairns.

WOODGATE residents have been warned to be prepared to leave as the bushfire conditions could worsen. Queensland Fire and Emergency Services reported a large fire is travelling in a southerly direction through the Kinkuna section of the Burrum Coast National Park, heading towards Woodgate

An unpredictable bushfire is raging in Queensland as firefighters battle several blazes across the state. Firefighters are warning local residents to prepare to leave their homes. The blaze has been described as unpredictable and is moving in a north-easterly direction towards Bousgas Drive

The fire was moving towards the Toowoomba bypass on Monday afternoon.© QFES The fire was moving towards the Toowoomba bypass on Monday afternoon. A bushfire is threatening homes in a Toowoomba suburb north of the CBD,  with firefighters warning that conditions could worsen.

Residents at Birnam, a suburb nine kilometres north of the Toowoomba CBD, were told to prepare to flee their homes if flames came any closer.

The fire was burning near Old Goombungee Road and headed towards the Toowoomba Bypass, read the warning issued just before 1pm.

"Be ready to follow your bushfire survival plan. If you do not have a plan, or intend to leave, you should be ready to leave the area because the situation could get worse quickly," the warning read.

Fears two buildings lost as bushfire rages south-west of Toowoomba

  Fears two buildings lost as bushfire rages south-west of Toowoomba There are 46 Queensland bushfires and an evacuation order remains for Cypress Gardens and Forest Ridge in the Toowoomba region.Evacuated residents have spent the night in temporary accommodation as an out-of-control bushfire continues to threaten their communities in Queensland's Toowoomba region.

Fire crews battle fast-moving blaze north of Toowoomba . Ground crews and waterbombing aircraft are working The bushfire crisis is expected to remain volatile overnight in Queensland with one blaze at emergency level The 36-year-old's family were preparing to embark on a new chapter in their lives

Meanwhile, the ' prepare to leave ' advice for residents in the Somerset community of Redbank Creek, about 50 kilometres north-west of Toowoomba , has Turbulence forced water-bombers fighting the bushfire near the southern Queensland community of Mount Lindesay to be grounded and once the

"Fire crews are working with water-bombing aircraft to contain the fire but firefighters may not be able to protect every property.

Pictures: Bushfires leave devastating trail across NSW

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 13: General view of a destroyed home following bushfire damage on November 13, 2019 in Rainbow Flat, Australia. Catastrophic fire conditions - the highest possible level of bushfire danger - have eased across greater Sydney, Illawarra and Hunter areas thanks to a slight cool change, however dozens of bushfires are still burning. A state of emergency, as declared by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Monday, is still in effect, giving emergency powers to Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons and prohibiting fires across the state. (Photo by Sam Mooy/Getty Images)

"You should not expect a firefighter at your door.

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

"Severe" fire danger warnings were in place on Monday for five districts including the Darling Downs region.

The Bureau of Meteorology said hot, dry winds have ramped up fire danger warnings to "severe" in the Capricornia, Central Highlands and Coalfields, Darling Downs and Granite Belt, Wide Bay and Burnett, and South-east Coast districts.

"That is the worst fire weather; those hot, dry westerly winds," forecaster David Crock said. "That will make things challenging for firefighters today."

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.

Man arrested in bushfire investigation .
Investigations into a still-uncontrolled bushfire in northern Tasmania have led to the arrest of a 20-year-old man.A 20-year-old man has been arrested following allegations that a bushfire still burning on the northern tip of Tasmania was deliberately lit, police say.

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