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More than 140 blazes tear through Queensland as residents are urged to flee

Nearly 10,000 people have been told to flee immediately as more than 100 fast-moving blazes tear through Queensland amid the state’s bushfire crisis.   

Thousands of people were evacuated from communities in central Queensland after catastrophic fire conditions on Wednesday.

Early on Thursday, residents of two more communities – Campwin Beach and Sarina Beach south of Mackay – were woken by police and emergency text messages telling them they were in danger and to move to safety immediately.

About 140 bushfires are burning across an almost 2,000km stretch from Yungaburra, south of Cairns, to Mount French, west of the Gold Coast.

Nearly 10,000 people have been told to flee immediately as more than 100 fast-moving blazes tear through Queensland as the state’s bushfire crisis rolls on

QFES Assistant Commissioner Gary McCormack warned anyone who had not yet left to evacuate immediately

QFES Assistant Commissioner Gary McCormack warned anyone who had not yet left to evacuate immediately

About 140 bushfires are burning across an almost 2,000km stretch from Yungaburra, south of Cairns, to Mount French, west of the Gold Coast

About 140 bushfires are burning across an almost 2,000km stretch from Yungaburra, south of Cairns, to Mount French, west of the Gold Coast

QFES Assistant Commissioner Gary McCormack warned anyone who had not yet left to evacuate immediately.

‘Leaving their home is the safest option, for them and their families. They need to take advice as given,’ he told the Nine Network on Thursday. 

Reports emerged on Thursday morning of looting in at least one community.  

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service said homes and lives were under threat, with firefighters struggling to have any effect on the blaze.

A firefighter is seen feeding water to a dehydrated puppy on Queensland on Wednesday 

A firefighter is seen feeding water to a dehydrated puppy on Queensland on Wednesday 

Thousands of people were evacuated from communities in central Queensland after catastrophic fire conditions on Wednesday.

Thousands of people were evacuated from communities in central Queensland after catastrophic fire conditions on Wednesday.

However, favourable conditions overnight allowed firefighters to make some progress.

Roughly 8,000 people were ordered out of Gracemere, near Rockhampton, on Wednesday, with hundreds of them spending the night in an evacuation centre at the Rockhampton showgrounds.

Thick, billowing smoke surrounded the town, as the blaze edged closer to homes and shopping precincts in the region.

‘People will burn to death,’ Queensland’s deputy police commissioner Bob Gee warned on Wednesday. 

Rhonda Anderson evacuates herself and her horse to safety near Mount Larcom, Queensland

Rhonda Anderson evacuates herself and her horse to safety near Mount Larcom, Queensland

‘Their normal approaches probably won’t work if this situation develops the way it is predicted to develop. 

‘It is no different to a Category 5 cyclone coming through your door.’

‘If you have children with you, you need to think really hard about not losing a house, but losing the people you care most about.’ 

Dangerous conditions are expected again on Thursday.

But authorities hope they won’t rival what was seen on Wednesday, when Queensland’s fire danger rating reached catastrophic for the first time in the state’s history.

There are currently 140 fires burning across the state, but favourable conditions overnight allowed firefighters to make some progress 

There are currently 140 fires burning across the state, but favourable conditions overnight allowed firefighters to make some progress 

Firefighters have been brought in from interstate to deal with the crisis, which is far from over with hot conditions expected to continue for days 

Firefighters have been brought in from interstate to deal with the crisis, which is far from over with hot conditions expected to continue for days 

There have been no reports so far of property losses in Gracemere, but firefighters say the battle is not over.

Overnight police were forced to declare an emergency for the Sunshine Coast community of Little Creek, after a fire threatened homes there.

But that was revoked about 3am on Thursday.

The communities of Deepwater, Baffle Creek, Rules Beach and Oyster Creek, halfway between Gladstone and Bundaberg, remain under evacuation orders.

Firefighters have been brought in from interstate to deal with the crisis, which is far from over with hot conditions expected to continue for days.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Katarina Carroll said people must not try to return to their homes until they were told that it was safe to do so.

‘Do not be complacent, we are not through this yet,’ she said.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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