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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.

According to the greenies, this will be the end result;

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    • Shoosh ?. Until the second half of the 20th century, mankind had never suffered from floods, droughts, hurricanes, cyclones or any inclement weather of any kind. Until you (yes, you[1]) drove your gas guzzling vehicle, we lived in climate utopia.

      [1] but not Al Gore, Prince Charles, Prince Harry, Leonardo Di Caprio etc flying in their personal aircrafts. No, no, no. These are all special non-polluting ones that aren’t available to anyone else.

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    • Bit harsh nasska, my elderly in-laws have a farm in NSW not too far from Inverell, they’ve had less than 200mm of rain this year following on from last years record low rainfall. Ok it’s a dry area by NZ standards (slightly higher average rainfall than Hastings NZ) but still a major issue for farmers. Also a big fire almost took them out a few months back (the Tingha fire). The reporting might be bogus but the reality on the ground is very serious. The truth is Australia actually is suffering climate change, it’s been getting steadily drier and hotter since the end of the last ice age. Nothing to do with people, although some farming practices are not helping (rising soil salinity etc).

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      • The whole world is suffering “climate change” We are entering a Grand Solar Minimum, some areas will be much drier than before (look up the abandonment of Mohenjedaro and the Indus Valley civilization during a previous Solar Minimum) and some areas will be much wetter, some much colder (Russia has had the coldest Summer ever recorded https://electroverse.net/moscow-shivers-through-its-coldest-summer-in-recorded-history-in-over-150-years-of-data/ ) and some areas a bit warmer than previously. Humans are NOT responsible, it’s the Sun, and there is nothing we can do about it except perhaps to prepare for tough times ahead. One thing is absolutely certain the extent of human over population these days will mean the consequences for humanity will be very dire indeed.

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      • …..”less than 200mm of rain this year following on from last years record low rainfall”……

        Point taken but it was made by someone who has 20yrs of rural services & 30yrs of farming under his belt. I’ve had a ringful of wankers blathering on about AGW but I accept that Aus may be getting hotter & drier though it was never known to be very cold nor wet.

        When I bought my property in Central Wairarapa I was given the previous owner’s carefully kept records dating back to the end of WW2. I carried on with them & a couple of bits of wisdom I was given yonks ago gelled. 1) Over a seven year cycle you’ll have two good years, two bad & three okay. 2) Over time the changes are incremental rather than the apocalypse tomorrow garbage peddled by the knob jockeys in the climate change corner.

        In any case having farmed through drought, floods, cold, wet, high prices, low prices, footrot, grass staggers & Labour governments I still reckon there’s light at the end of the tunnel. 🙂

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        • I’m farming in coastal HB so similar climate, the neighbours had 112 years of rainfall records and the pattern is similar to yours. We had 100mm of rain from Dec 2006 to June 2007, and in the same months 2010-2011 we had just over 2000mm. Seasonal variability has always been the norm. Sorry I wasn’t trying to be offensive, in many respects many Aussie farmers are ahead of us because they have such hard conditions to deal with as their norm. AGW doesn’t fit into any of it.

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        • Off topic but the water needed for irrigation in the South Wairarapa was almost toxic because of the iron it contained. The remedy was irrigating under higher than normal pressures so that as the water aerated the iron was neutralised by oxidisation.

          Here endith today’s useless snippet of info. 🙂

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          • nasska did the high Fe levels reduce mollusc problems in the crop? Iron phosphate is commonly used in mollusc baits, I’ve always wondered if high iron levels reduced slug/snail issues, or is it only when consumed in the baits?

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  1. A few years back I flew from Brisbane to McKay for work and when leaving Brisbane the pilot was very keen to take off before a thunderstorm arrived over the airport. We luckily did take off before it arrived but as I had a window seat I could see flashes of lightning from many other thunderstorms on the way north. I also noticed approximately 20-30 small bush fires. If you’ve ever walked through the Australian bush the fuel for these fires is plain to see. It just needs ignition and on that day at least the lightning was providing it.

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