Residents In 'Imminent Danger' As Out-Of-Control Fires Threaten QLD Towns
Several southeast Queensland communities remain under evacuation orders as potentially deadly bushfires bear down on homes.
Authorities confirmed on Saturday that 17 homes have been lost in the fires that rage across Queensland. No one has been reported injured or dead.
Residents of the Gold Coast hinterland community of Binna Burra are being told to leave immediately, while people in nearby Beechmont are advised to be ready to go.
An emergency situation was declared in the border town of Stanthorpe on Friday night and residents who have not yet evacuated are being warned by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services that it is now too dangerous to drive.
"People in the area are in imminent danger and need to seek shelter now to survive," QFES said.
Residents in nearby Applethorpe, The Summit, Thulimbah, Cottonvale and Dalveen were ordered to leave immediately as the bushfire headed for them.
Firefighters who have been battling severe conditions are hoping to see a cool change over the weekend.
Two homes have been destroyed in fires in Queensland since Thursday, and more than 60 blazes raged on Friday. The number of fires burning was revised to 51 on Saturday morning.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Harry Clark predicted the warm temperatures -- which reached the mid-30s on Friday -- should ease from Saturday.
"Dangers will drop back slightly, but the fire danger will still be very high," he said.
On the Scenic Rim, inland from the Gold Coast, police declared an emergency situation in Canungra because the fire was posing a threat to lives in its path.
Sarabah residents were told to leave immediately at 7pm on Friday because it would soon be too dangerous to drive.
Residents of Springbook, Witheren and Numinbah Valley were told to prepare to leave.
Another fire of concern was an active blaze at Hawkwood, some 200km west of Bundaberg.
Clark said the weather conditions, which are unusual for early September, are expected to continue.
The state won't have more moisture in the air until next week, he said.
There are no significant rains in sight anywhere in the state for at least the next seven days, Clark said.
But temperatures will drop significantly from Saturday.
Toowoomba, which saw 30C temperatures on Friday, is expected to drop to about 20C on Saturday.