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Historic Bushfire Threat As Crews Battle Hinterland Blazes

Historic Bushfire Threat As Crews Battle Hinterland Blazes

There are about 50 fires burning around the state on Sunday but one at the border towns of Applethorpe and Stanthorpe and another in the Gold Coast hinterland are causing the most concern.

Some 20 attributes have been destroyed and a different 27 have been broken since the bushfire disaster started on Thursday, such as the historic Binna Burra Lodge.

In the Gold Coast hinterland the fire was raging on both sides of Binna Burra road early on Sunday and moving easterly towards Numinbah Valley and Springbrook. "We will go on to liaise with crisis expert services staff as the circumstance progresses, and we will close even more schools, if needed, for the security of our communities".

Images of the blaze present the severity, with 11 properties within the Binna Burra area destroyed, as firefighters battle to backburn in an effort to maintain fires below management.

A fire burning in Illinbah, Queensland.

Fire and Emergency crew battle bushfire near a house in the rural town of Canungra in the Scenic Rim region of South East Queensland, Australia, on September 6, 2019.

Residents are being urged to be prepared, stay calm and act promptly when being directed to leave.

FIRE fighters stood shoulder-to-shoulder in the path of walls of "floating fire" while shocked Queenslanders returned home to devastation and disaster yesterday, with authorities warning the state would continue to burn for days.

"As a rural firey myself, to see them standing against a wall of floating fire as embers came at them constantly on the wind, they did an wonderful job", he said.

Acting Queensland Premier Jackie Trad said the severe conditions could be attributed to climate change.

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"There is no doubt that with an increasing temperature with climate change, then what the scientists tell us is that events such as these will be more frequent and they will be much more ferocious", she told reporters.

QFES assistant commissioner Megan Stiffler told them on Saturday they would not have the fire under control before Monday.

That blaze is not threatening any homes but residents have been warned that strong winds are still making conditions volatile.

"We have bits of charred mountain all around us".

Stanthorpe woman Samantha Wantling says the tension in the town is palpable, despite the news that fire crews have contained the blaze near the town.

She is fearful about the months that lie ahead, given the severity of the drought on the Granite Belt.

A water tanker helicopter picks up water at Moriarty Park Hall in Canungra, Queensland.

In one video shot by Thomas Day, two people can be seen standing on the back of a ute trying to extinguish the rapidly approaching bushfire.

After that the council will have to truck water in.

"We are asking the community to help us out, you are our eyes and ears and we need your help'".