Bushfires are threatening extensive areas of New South Wales and Queensland, putting residents at high risk. Fires are also burning in Western Australia, the Northern Territory, South Australia, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and Tasmania.
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Bushfires in parts of Queensland are now raging out of control and the authorities have declared a state of emergency. Firefighters are battling more than 65 fires across the state. Residents of affected areas have been told to evacuate north towards Noosa while they can still leave.
Queensland Government Rural Fire Service
Forty-seven homes have already been destroyed or damaged, including the historic Binna Burra Lodge in the Gold Coast hinterland.
Fires are travelling north and north-westerly from Peregian Beach and Peregian Breeze Estate towards Marcus Beach. People in these areas should leave immediately. The Sunshine Motorway remains closed in both directions, and David Low Way is closed north of Emu Mountain Rd.
Residents of Weyba, Weyba Dowbs, Peregian Springs, Castaways Beach and Marcus Beach should prepare to leave, and the Sunshine Coast and hinterland should remain on high alert.
Similar warnings have been issued for Ballandean near the Queensland-NSW border as fast-moving, dangerous fire travels east from the New England Highway towards Girraween; O’Reilly in the Lamington National Park and Lower Beechmont (both part of the Sarabah fire).
New South Wales
In NSW residents of Angourie, Wooloweyah, Gulmarrad and Yamba have been put on warning to monitor conditions and have an evacuation plan in place as fires in Yuraygir National Park and Shark Creek area have been fuelled by strong winds which may change to a southerly direction, threatening Yamba.
NSW Rural Fire Service
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a gale wind warning for the Byron, Coffs and Macquarie Coasts as well as a high fire danger rating for several regions including the Far North Coast, North Coast, New England, Central Ranges and Greater Hunter. The risk will be very high in the Northern Slopes region.