More urged to evacuate as Queensland fires spread

A fire burning in forest at Beerwah, on Queensland's  Sunshine Coast.

A fire burning in forest at Beerwah, on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Photo: Facebook (Alyssa Campbell)

Emergency bushfire warnings are in place across Queensland with residents told to evacuate immediately as the state’s fire emergency deepens.

More than 80 fires were burning across the state on Saturday evening.

On Sunday morning (AEDT), police revoked an emergency declaration for a fast-moving fire that was threatening the Sunshine Coast towns of Landsborough and Beerwah on Saturday night.

Police were conducting evacuations from homes within the area of Steve Irwin Way, Hardwood Road, Forestry Road and Dianella Road during the night.

All residents in the area were advised to evacuate immediately as the blaze headed towards homes.

Police established a place of refuge at the Landsborough School of Arts and Memorial Hall Association at 485 Old Landsborough Road.

A fire burning at Landsborough on the Sunshine Coast late Saturday. Photo: Judy Mraz (Facebook)

The warnings come after a man was airlifted to hospital on Saturday afternoon after he suffered burns while trying to contain a fire in the North Burnett region.

Authorities say it’s still too early for residents to return home in fire-ravaged areas.

It’s believed the man, aged in his fifties, had been using a grader to help clear a fire break on a neighbour’s property when the flames came too close and he sustained burns to his upper body and face.

Multiple emergency warnings remain in place for the communities of Tara, Wieambilla and The Gums in the Western Downs Region, west of Brisbane.

An emergency warning was also issued almost 500km to the northeast, in the Gladstone Region, for Lowmead and Colosseum near Miriam Vale.

Properties between Lowmead and Fingerboard roads were at risk from a fast-moving fire burning in the area.

Residents in the Eidsvold and Coonambula areas northwest of Brisbane as well as Eden Lassie Creek near Bowen were also told to prepare to leave.

A property near Tara, one of more than a dozen destroyed in a bushfire in recent days.

An out-of-control blaze continues to burn in Tara where one person was killed and 32 homes lost in several Western Downs fires.

Dozens of crews remain in the area after the fire already burned through 30,000 hectares, a fire service spokesperson said.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Assistant Commissioner Peter Hollier told ABC News people needed to be prepared before the fire reached them.

“Leaving it too late, risking it, for the want of a better word, is not always a good option,” he said on Saturday.

He urged residents to register with nearby evacuation centres, even if they did not think they would use them.

Watch and Act alerts were issued overnight for Carnarvon Gorge and surrounding areas in the central highlands, in addition to Campbell Creek, Ginoondan and Byrnestown in the North Burnett Region.

Qld’s fire crisis is far from over. Photo: QFES

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says extra help is needed to fight fires raging across Queensland.

Authorities say it’s still too early for many to return to fire-ravaged areas including Lake Moondarra near Mt Isa and Halliford in the Western Downs.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said extra help was needed and almost 50 interstate firefighters had been asked to assist, with more potentially to be recruited from New Zealand.

“Some of our firefighters are exhausted and fatigue needs to be managed,” she said at Dalby on Friday.

Federal Emergency Minister Murray Watt said people living in Crossroads, Ducklo, Halliford, Kumbarilla, Marmadua and Montrose could now access financial assistance.

“The scenes and stories from the Queensland fires are heartbreaking,” he said.

A family of five can get up to $900 and individuals $180 to cover the cost of essential items such as food, clothing and medicine, with up to $5000 available for households with no insurance.

Topics: bushfire
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