Thousands of Queensland, Australia residents have been forced to flee as fires rage across the state, which received its first “Catastrophic” fire danger rating in history, with extremely dangerous conditions throughout Wednesday. On Wednesday, very high temperatures, coupled with dry conditions on the ground, dry air masses and strong winds combined to make very dangerous weather across the state.
Today’s conditions are thought to have improved slightly, with winds dying down and more favourable circumstances for firefighting prevailing. Although, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is still advising extreme caution, with a reminder that conditions remain dangerous.
The number of fires burning has increased from around 140 yesterday to almost 200 statewide today. There are multiple watch and act advisories still in place, particularly for northern and central areas. Around forty schools remain closed today because of their location in high fire risk areas at present.
Gracemere residents return home
Residents of the Gracemere, Australia community were evacuated after a fast-moving blaze headed towards town yesterday, with many taking shelter at the Rockhampton Showgrounds. They have been given the all clear to return home today, along with other communities, which were evacuated yesterday and amid further evacuations which are still taking place as the multiple fires advance. The most recent evacuation order is for Carmila, with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services issuing a warning on social media for residents to leave immediately.
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Tackling the blazes
A convoy of fire trucks with a police escort made its way to Queensland yesterday from intestate to lend a hand on the ground, one of many crews on the way. While firefighters are doing everything possible to stop the fires before they reach residences, the community is advised to take note of warnings. According to Premier Palaszczuk, when conditions reach “catastrophic” no buildings are built to withstand the resulting blaze, which may be impossible to control. In these circumstances residents are advised to evacuate rather than attempt to stay and defend their homes.