Published: Wed, September 11, 2019

Australian spring bushfires 'an omen' for summer season

Australian spring bushfires 'an omen' for summer season

As of Monday night, the rapidly-going fire was travelling in a north-easterly route.

State Development Minister Cameron Dick says he's been in touch with Binna Burra Lodge to offer their assistance.

An evacuation centre is open at the Ballandean Hall and Sports Club.

State Disaster Coordinator Steve Gollschewski said police would be "relentless" in their search for the offender.

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

Stanthorpe woman Samantha Wantling says the tension in the town is palpable, despite the news that fire crews have contained the blaze near the town.

Cr Christensen said the strong winds are still making the situation "exceedingly volatile", and warned displaced people that it was still not safe to go home.

"We will not have this fire under control until Monday".

Further south, at least 13 homes have been destroyed so far as crews worked overnight to keep the most unsafe blaze under control in the Gold Coast hinterland.

But some citizens are starting up to return to examine the extent of the problems.

Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford warned on Monday that the emergency was far from over.

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

"I've never seen anything as bad as that".

The man charged with predicting and planning for each bushfire season told The Courier-Mail Queenslanders should start preparing for the types of fires that regularly devastate southern states as the impacts of climate change took hold decades earlier than expected.

Whereas the historic Binna Burra Lodge was burnt to an ember over the weekend as flames destroyed Lamington nationwide park, the adjoining Springbrook nationwide park - the place the movie star present is filmed - remained protected.

Residents were advised to leave immediately on Monday night as fire approached Lamington National Park Road at O'Reilly, with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services warning it would soon be too unsafe to drive.

Residents are being urged to be prepared, stay calm and act promptly when being directed to leave.

Around 100 police, guests and staff who were sheltering at O'Reilly's Guest House, at Canungra, were safely evacuated on Monday night.

The RSPCA has sent a vet to the Gold Coast to assess injured livestock, and the community is arranging fodder drops.

Twenty structures have been destroyed by bushfires since Thursday when the state's fire season began with severe to extreme conditions across much of the south.

Crews have worked overnight with landholders to protect isolated properties in the area, while a number of tactical back-burns also have been conducted.

The Insurance plan Council of Australia has declared the situation a "catastrophe", ensuring victims' promises will be specified priority.


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