Updated: 12/3/2018 3:06:33 AM
According to the country’s Bureau of Meteorology, dry and hot conditions have raised the fire level warning to severe. Temperatures on Sunday were expected to surpass 40 C.
Queensland’s premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed that there are 115 blazes across the state. She added that the “next 24 hours are crucial for fires at Deepwater, Lowmead and Stradbroke.”
On Sunday, Queensland’s Fire and Emergency Services advised residents of Captain Creek to prepare to evacuate.
A statement said: “A large number of crews will be working in the Murphy Road area overnight." 527,000 hectares of land has been destroyed so far.
Updated: 12/2/2018 4:47:21 AM
The bushfire emergency in central Queensland flared up on Sunday evening with residents in the path of the massive Deepwater blaze told to leave immediately.
Strong winds and high temperatures tested exhausted firefighters battling more than 110 blazes across the state throughout Sunday.
Authorities issued the warning for people in the Winfield area, south of Baffle Creek, where embers were expected to have an impact from the Deepwater fire burning to the north.
Further west, residents in Lowmead were told to leave now with the same blaze expected to hit the rural community of 225 people.
Updated: 12/1/2018 4:40:31 AM
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Katarina Carroll said homes had been destroyed since Saturday in areas where the fire danger remained too high for teams to enter and assess damage. She expected that fewer than 10 homes had been lost so far.
High winds, dry air and severe heatwave conditions were combining to make the fire danger extreme, with 138 blazes raging by late Wednesday, Carroll said.
"Thunderstorms are going through those areas as we speak. There will be no rain from thunderstorms, in fact, they are adding to the problem," Carroll said.
"We have never, ever, in this state, been in this situation before. Not at a catastrophic level and this is uncharted waters," Carroll added.
Updated: 11/30/2018 9:26:41 AM
On November 30, 2018, Queensland firefighters are still battling 144 bushfires burning across the state which already saw 200 fires this week. The government rated the danger as 'catastrophic' on November 28, for the first time in the history of the state.
"What we experienced yesterday was off the charts," Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Thursday, November 29. "No one has ever recorded these kinds of conditions ever in the history of Queensland."
Updated: 11/30/2018 1:29:37 AM
Firefighters in Queensland are expecting another five days of exceptionally hot and dry weather. There are 130 fires currently burning, with about seven of them described as fast moving and significant.
Hundreds of firefighters have arrived from New South Wales and other areas to lend a hand.
An evacuation order remains in place for Deepwater, while a number of areas including Dalrymple Heights, Winfield, Carmila and Captain Creek are being urged to “stay informed”.
Updated: 11/29/2018 2:30:06 AM
8,000 people were told to leave the town of Gracemere, south of the central coast area of Rockhampton, as a fast-moving blaze threatened homes.
The Bureau of Meteorology declared a “catastrophic” fire danger – the highest possible risk rating – in some central areas, while firefighters battled to contain more than 130 blazes across the state.
“This is a very stressful situation for families. I need you to all be strong. I need you to all listen. Your family and the protection of our community is vital,” said state premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
“We need to reach out to community members who are frail, who are elderly, who have a disability. Please listen to authorities, it is going to get a lot worse.”
The Bureau of Meteorology said scorching temperatures had broken records across Queensland, with the state capital Brisbane reaching 37.9 degrees Celsius.
“We will see more fires flare up very very quickly, so this is the start of it,” Queensland fire and emergency services commissioner Katarina Carroll warned those evacuating.
Published Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Up to 800 people have been told to leave their homes in Deepwater and Baffle Creek immediately as a "dangerous and unpredictable" bushfire bears down on their communities.
Firefighters and police have been doorknocking in the communities north of Bundaberg since midday on Sunday, warning locals of the ongoing threat.
At least one home has already been lost and authorities expect the fire, which is 50 kilometers long, to burn for days.
Speaking from Emergency Management Queensland in Brisbane, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the size of the fire was causing problems for crews.
"The intensity of this fire covers some 9,000 hectares, and the flames are more than 10 to 12 meters high," Ms. Palaszczuk said. "This is an unusual, extremely unusual for Queensland, and the worst is not over. We expect this to be happening for a few more days. Please, I urge all families to look after one another and please evacuate immediately."
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services inspector Andrew Sturgeous said it was "not a run-of-the-mill fire by any means. This fire and the fire weather we're experiencing is not something we see ... it's a very rare event," he said. "This extreme heatwave that we're experiencing across the state, in particular, the northern parts of the state, is an extreme weather event. And we now have a fire burning under these extreme conditions - it's not a run-of-the-mill fire by any stretch. If you've seen fires before and you stayed at home ... this is not like those other fires. This is a fire you need to pay particular attention to. We haven't seen this in Queensland before."
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said the large fire was traveling in a north-easterly direction towards Bousgas Drive and Anderson Way, with conditions expected to worsen.
More than 40 fire trucks, 100 firefighters and six waterbombing aircraft were working to contain the blaze.
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