Australia retains the Ashes and turns to ashes
Bushfires out of control in NSW and Queensland, expected to increase
At least 20 properties have been destroyed by fire over three days – mostly inland from the Gold Coast.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Acting Fire Commissioner Mike Wassing said there were 57 fires burning across Queensland this morning. That figure was expected to grow this afternoon.
A bushfire at the Binna Burra area is burning out of control and heading to Springbrook National Park in the Gold Coast hinterland. And fires at the towns of Stanthorpe, Applethorpe and the Binna Burra area are at advice level, with windy conditions forecast
Commissioner Wassing said the Binna Burra fire remained challenging, with no break in conditions expected until Wednesday.
“Very remote, really difficult conditions for our firefighters, many of those areas and a lot of those assets, we just cannot get to.
“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.”
The fires have also forced the closure of nine schools so far across the state – many of them in the Granite Belt region.
The manager of the QFES predictive services unit, Andrew Sturgess, said the fire conditions were unprecedented in Queensland.
“It is an historic event. [We’ve] never seen this before in recorded history – fire weather has never been as severe, this early in Spring,” Inspector Sturgess said.
“So this is an omen, if you will, a warning of the fire season that we’re likely to see ahead in the south-eastern parts of the state, the driest parts of the state, where most of our population is.”
Acting Queensland Premier Jackie Trad said the severe conditions could be attributed to climate change.
“There is no doubt that with an increasing temperature with climate change, then what the scientists tell us is that events such as these will be more frequent and they will be much more ferocious.”
Over the border, in New South Wales, the dry conditions are also hampering efforts to fight multiple fires.
However, two blazes of major concern in the north of the state have been downgraded.
The commissioner of the state’s rural fire service said the extreme fire danger conditions this early in September was a sobering reminder of what is ahead.
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