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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

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Community near Toowoomba urged to seek shelter as bushfire approaches : Currowan fire boosted by overnight winds as An evacuation centre has been opened at Millmerran Community Cultural Centre, 42 Walpole Street, Millmerran. ' Prepare to leave ': Bushfire blazing towards Toowoomba .

QFES: Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advises there is a bushfire near Lefthand Branch (formerly Glen Rock State Forest) and conditions could get worse. 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 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.

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The bushfire threat has worsened in parts of Queensland this afternoon, with more than 80 blazes Ambulances head from the Pechey bushfire towards Toowoomba on Queensland's Darling Six other towns have been told to prepare to leave . The fire near Buxton, which is being affected by the

A slow-moving fire in Peachey near Toowoomba is also expected to have a significant impact on the community with a “ prepare to leave ” warning issued, QFES said. More than 70 fires are burning across the state as firefighters work frantically to contain the risk, with the fire threat set to intensify on Friday.

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

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"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.

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