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Total fire bans in Qld, NSW, as temperatures soar

Most of Queensland is under a total fire ban as crews battle fires across the state, while further south in NSW, the danger is extreme.
Firefighters battle nearly 70 blazes across Qld

Most of Queensland is under a total fire ban as crews battle almost 100 fires across the state, many at watch and act alert level.

A fire at Landsborough near Beerwah in the Sunshine Coast has moved between emergency and watch and act for days.

There was an evacuation order for three hours overnight on Saturday and residents were again told to leave on Sunday afternoon as the blaze broke containment lines.

About 80 fires are burning across Queensland, with dozens of homes destroyed and several lives lost.

Brisbane and the neighbouring local government areas of Moreton Bay and Redlands are among the places in Queensland without fire bans, along with Townsville, Burdekin and Hinchinbrook in the north, and the shires of Quilpie, Murweh, Bulloo and Paroo in the south-west.

Further south, the NSW Rural Fire Service has declared a total fire ban for the majority of the state for Monday. Hot, dry and windy conditions are on the way, and temperatures are expected to climb into the high 30s in several areas.

The RFS said there was an extreme fire danger for seven regions of NSW for Monday, stretching from the south coast up to the border with Queensland.

The Bureau of Meteorology warned strong winds will push up the east coast from the southern states this week, increasing the risks of fires getting out of control.

“Above-average springtime temperatures will continue for many parts of southern Australia over the next few days, with warmer temperatures and a dry wind causing fire danger ratings to climb,” the bureau said.

-AAP

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