More than 100 Australian bushfires ‘omen’ of severe summer fire season

Clay Curtis
September 11, 2019

Residents have been warned to be prepared to leave because the risky fire that's heading in north, north easterly towards Applethorp could get worse very quickly.

The State Government has announced the establishment of a taskforce to help support the historic Binna Burra Lodge, gutted by the devastating bushfires in the Hinterland.

That compares with 40 properties lost across the entire state to bushfires in the past 130 years.

Police are also appealing for information about three suspicious fires west of the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.

In addition, severe water shortages on the Darling Downs and Granite Belt could impact the availability of water for fire suppression.

"Firefighters are still fighting there in hard conditions and that is expected to continue for days", a Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesman said.

"I consider we are as a result of the worst of it, but we however have a pair of times to go prior to it truly commences to great down", he stated.

"Never seen this before in recorded history".

"Very high fire danger rating to severe fire danger rating is what residents in this area need to be most concerned about".

The warning arrived immediately after a male was caught allegedly back again-burning in very risky ailments around Rockhampton on Sunday, and the fire distribute.

Since Thursday, more than 2O structures - including 15 houses - have been destroyed, with that number expected to rise.

A fire has caused extensive damage to the Binna Burra historic mountain lodge complex in Queensland
Part of the heritage-listed Bina Burra Lodge complex in 2009

"We should be expecting that because it's in the southeast, that's where the population is".

Federal Natural Disaster Minister David Littleproud said the drought had "exacerbated" the fires, saying he felt the force of the dry gusty winds when he spent the weekend at his home, 80 kilometres from Stanthorpe.

He said vegetation that wasn't meant to burn, like rainforests, was now flammable thanks to the drier, hotter climate, putting more people at risk.

Ballandean is south of the border town of Stanthorpe, where crews have contained a fire that has so far burnt through about 2000 hectares of land.

"We had to withdraw some resources, we were unable to get any type of appliance into that location just due to the danger involved at the moment".

Up to 650 firefighters are now deployed across the state and 27 aircraft are being used to drop water from above.

A bushfire at the Binna Burra area is burning out of control and heading to Springbrook National Park in the Gold Coast hinterland.

"Once we get to Wednesday we've still got a lot of work to do, and it's going to be a very long season for us ahead".

Ballandean State School is one of six in bushfire impacted areas that will be closed on Tuesday.

More than 50 fires were burning around the state at 9am on Monday, the NSW Rural Fire Service said.

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