Firefighters are increasingly facing potentially disastrous, scorching and windy conditions as they combat the Queensland bushfires that have erupted, with about 20 structures having been destroyed by the blazing fire in just two days.
The state is lit with dozens of fires as efforts are underway to evacuate residents of Beechmont and Binna Burra along the Gold Coast hinterland as well as those living along the Applethorpe and Stanthorpe in the Granite Belt.
Applethorpe which has been bombarded by the dry westerly winds that have worsened conditions is of more concern to various authorities.
Authorities have confirmed that at least 11 structures were destroyed in the Binna Burra fire. Seven more were lost near Stanthorpe, one at Sarabah last Friday and with another being destroyed near Mareeba in northern Queensland on Thursday.
Queensland Fire Watch and Act Warning for Binna Burra
A watch and act warning issued earlier for bushfire burnings at Binna Burra which is nestled within the mountainous terrain of southern Canungra all the way through the Lamington National Park, has been rendered as advice.
Authorities have indicated that it may take up to 7 days to effectively manage the Gold Coast hinterland fire as no rainfall or strong winds are expected in the next couple of days.
The Queensland fire has been moving in an easterly direction from the Binna Burra Road towards Springbrook and Numinbah Valley.
According to QFES’ Superintendent Corey Bock, the fire travelled about 10 kilometres long and 5-10 kilometres wide from Canungra towards Binna Burra, moving at a slow pace of around 2kmph.
Sandy Connolly, a resident of Beechmont noted that police evacuated him at 2:00am in the morning.
“We were evacuated to my brother’s house situated at Lower Beechmont, quite a sizeable crowd of us…there’re two houses that have been burned down there….and it’s quite hard to actually describe, and frightening too,” he said.
The director of the Rural Fire Service, Kaye Healing, had earlier warned that impending wind gusts moving at 50 to 60 kph would worsen conditions for rescue authorities on Saturday night.
“Without a doubt, this is going to cause us some grief, especially with the amount of uncontained fire on the ground. Hence we are very concerned about a few communities,” Ms Healing remarked.
“If we drop the earlier warning it’s to simply state that the imminent threat is no longer there but doesn’t mean it won’t return. Certainly do not relax.”
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