Homes lost in Queensland, Australia, bushfires

Elias Hubbard
September 11, 2019

The two other fires of concern are a huge blaze near the border towns of Applethorpe and Stanthorpe, and a bushfire in hard terrain near Binna Burra in the Scenic Rim.

Water bombers are being used to subdue the blaze as ground crews desperately try to get on top of the fire which has so far consumed 11 homes.

At least 17 homes were lost - 10 in Sarabah and seven in Stanthorpe - with one family flown to safety by helicopter after becoming trapped on their hinterland property.

There has also been significant livestock losses.

A fire has also ignited in far north Queensland near where a house was razed on Thursday, near Mareeba, but is not threatening homes at this stage.

There had been additional than 80 fires burning at just one position on Monday and there are fireplace bans across most of the tinder-dry condition.

Crews have also managed to contain a fire that broke out at Linville, in the Somerset Region inland from the Sunshine Coast, on Sunday.

At Linville, residents were told to leave if they didn't have a plan because the fire would probably hit George Street, John Street, David Street, Anne Street, William Street and Alice Street, Linville before 5 p.m. Current advice is to stay informed in case the situation worsens.

"As a rural firey myself, to see them standing against a wall of floating fire as embers came at them constantly on the wind, they did an fantastic job", he said.

Over a hundred fires were burning in the states of Queensland and New South Wales on Saturday, together with the country's weather agency calling small reprieve for firefighters as a result of dry conditions brought on by drought and little rainfall over the winter.

Acting Queensland Premier Jackie Trad said the severe conditions could be attributed to climate change.

"The thing I need to talk to you about is this fire is still an ongoing concern", Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Assistant Commissioner Megan Stiffler told a community meeting at Stanthorpe late yesterday.

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.

"Rebuilding and restoration is a crucial part of the overall recovery process, and we appreciate the love both locals and visitors hold for Binna Burra and the lodge itself", he said.

She is fearful about the months that lie ahead, given the severity of the drought on the Granite Belt.

In Stanthorpe people are bracing for another long day and night.

After that the council will have to truck water in.

"We've had some rain that's created a fuel load there, that has exacerbated the problem there coupled with circumstances on Friday and Saturday that were beyond belief", he told Radio National on Monday.

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