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Australia Cool change brings relief as Queensland firefighters monitor fires

02:16  08 december  2019
02:16  08 december  2019 Source:   brisbanetimes.com.au

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A cool change in Queensland 's southeast is giving firefighters a much-needed reprieve as 30 fires continue to burn across the state.

A cool change should bring cooler temperatures to much of southern Queensland by Saturday morning, the Bureau of Meteorology's Jess Gardner said. But fresh winds can make firefighting difficult, she added. Hotter temperatures, which have fanned the flames around the south of the state

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A south-easterly cool change has given Queensland firefighters some relief, but bushfires continue to burn in the south of the state on Sunday.

After an unpredictable fire flared up and forced residents in the Ipswich suburbs of Bundamba, Karalee and North Booval to evacuate on Saturday afternoon, the fire was contained overnight.

A shipping container filled with fireworks exploded due to the blaze.

Emergency services declared an emergency at Bundamba over the Warrego Highway but it was revoked on Saturday night and residents were allowed to return home.

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A fire has been brought under control after it caused a shipping container loaded with fireworks to explode and reportedly destroyed a home in southeast Queensland . Firefighters are pinning their hopes on that cool change for a desperately needed reprieve.

A cool change should bring cooler temperatures to much of southern Queensland by Saturday morning, the Bureau of Meteorology's Jess Gardner said. But fresh winds can make firefighting difficult, she added. Hotter temperatures, which have fanned the flames around the south of the state

By 8am on Sunday, the fire had been contained but was still smouldering in the cooler temperatures.

"Firefighters are monitoring the area and dampening down hot spots," Queensland Fire and Emergency Services warned.

"Smoke is affecting the area, so residents should close windows and doors, and keep respiratory medications close by if required."

Sunday's cooler temperatures followed a long heatwave in which December records were broken across the Scenic Rim, Ipswich and Archerfield.

The Lockyer Valley town of Gatton climbed to 42.6 degrees on Saturday, beating the previous record of 42 degrees in 2002 and making it the hottest December day during 54 years of records.

Brisbane exceeded 38 degrees on Saturday but was expecting a maximum of just 31 on Sunday as the cool change arrived.

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A fire has been brought under control after it caused a shipping container loaded with fireworks to explode and reportedly It is a relief from the severe heatwave conditions, but it still not business as usual. Firefighters are pinning their hopes on that cool change for a desperately needed reprieve.

While a cool change overnight brought some relief for firefighters in New South Wales (NSW) state, attention shifted “Conditions are now very dangerous and firefighters may soon be unable to prevent the fire advancing,” Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) said in the emergency warning.

Gatton was forecast to go from 42.6 degrees on Saturday to a top of 36 on Sunday, while Beaudesert was expected to fall from almost 41 degrees on Saturday to 34 on Sunday.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Lauren Pattie warned that while the south-easterly change brought a drop in temperatures, it also brought more smoke.

"It will still be quite hot [on Sunday]. It’s still a few degrees above average; the minimums are still quite warm," Ms Pattie said.

"But we do expect to see a little bit of relief as we go from the high 30s down to the low 30s around the south-east. Those low-30s temperatures will continue right through next week."

Meanwhile, further south towards the NSW border, firefighters were also monitoring two blazes near Mount Barney and Carneys Creek.

The Mount Barney National Park fire was burning in inaccessible bushland, QFES said, but was contained and would continue to be monitored.

Likewise another fire near Carneys Creek Road and Hardcastle Road was also contained and still smouldering.

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