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Bushfires out of control in NSW and Queensland, expected to increase

A bushfire burning at night A bushfire burning at night
Patty Aguilar | 10 September, 2019, 13:17

A "prepare to leave" warning is also in place for residents at Riverview, between Ipswich and Brisbane, where a fast-moving fire is burning in a southeasterly direction.

In New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, more than 65 bush and grass fires were burning on Saturday, with four properties lost in the town of Tenterfield, in the state's north.

"Whilst QFES are doing a great job of getting defence in place, the reality is we (have the) structural loss that occurred and potentially much more loss".

They have been forewarned about the destruction they could face after 11 properties were obliterated in the Binna Burra and Sarabah fires.

An exclusion zone remains due to risky conditions near where at least eight structures including three homes were destroyed.

"Things are looking good, but you still have to stay informed", Queensland Fire and Emergency Services assistant commissioner Megan Stiffler told a community meeting yesterday.

Commissioner Wassing said the Binna Burra fire remained challenging, with no break in conditions expected until Wednesday.

"I've never seen anything as bad as that".

During the afternoon, weather conditions were bringing very fire high dangers to the north of the state.

A fire has caused extensive damage to the Binna Burra historic mountain lodge complex in Queensland
Part of the heritage-listed Bina Burra Lodge complex in 2009

The manager of the QFES predictive services unit, Andrew Sturgess, said the fire conditions were unprecedented in Queensland.

Acting Premier Jackie Trad said the fires overnight also claimed a piece of Queensland's history in the Gold Coast hinterland.

"Unfortunately overnight the Binna Burra Lodge, which has been part of the tourism landscape since 1933, has succumbed to devastation by the fires", she said.

Officials have declared a total of 20 properties have been completely destroyed by fires across the state, and another 27 have been damaged, including the historic Binna Burra Lodge in the Gold Coast hinterland.

Scenic Rim Regional Council Mayor Greg Christensen warned it is still too unsafe for many to return to their homes because they risk being trapped by falling trees and other hazards.

The very remote Binna Burra fire was also proving hard to access but was also not expected to further threaten communities either.

"There is two kilometres spotting of this fire and we have a substantial quantity of homes that have been breached by hearth", Queensland Fire and Unexpected emergency Services north coast main superintendent Michelle Younger explained to ABC.

"We've had some rain that's created a fuel load there, that has exacerbated the problem there coupled with circumstances on Friday and Saturday that were beyond belief", he told Radio National on Monday. Get Me Out Of Right here! fires proceed to rage in elements of Australia surrounding the set - nonetheless it's full steam forward for the programme's manufacturing.

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