Houses lost in grampians as wind chnage fans flames in Queensland
A massive wildfire raged through the grampians of the southern Queensland town of Redcliffe, burning up to 70 homes as the ground beneath it cracked under the powerful wind chill and temperatures hit 30C.
A state of emergency was declared today after Queensland fire and emergency servicapronxes declared a wildfire dangerous at a remote community on the Queensland coast, where more than a dozen houses have lost their foundations due to wind chills and heat.
A local council worker at the scene told Fox Rural people who were out at home when the fire broke out were told to leave immediately.
“We’ve had a few children in the area at the time [of the fire] and the residents were informed of that so they’ve been told to leave,” councillor Doug Brown said. “The winds were very strong and the whole area has been destroyed.”
The council said an evacuation notice had been circulated around the community informing residents of the danger they posed to the town and the road leading to it.
A wind chill of 30C – more than twice the Queensland average – forced the city council to evacuate its staff as the situation became life and death for firefighters.
The council said residents with mobile homes in the area were ordered not to return until the fire had completely passed. They could not be evacuated as the town had been built upon sand dunes.
Fox Rural’s chief reporter John Clements said the wildfire forced the closure of a bridge between the town and Redcliffe at about 12.10pm local time, killing two firefighters.
“That’s not good news, unfortunately,” he said.
A second bridge was also closed for an hou바카라r on Friday afternoon as crews battled to free trapped residents trapped under the burned structure of their house.
Residents told the ABC they were unsure whether the bridge that was closed would ever be closed again.
“It’s quite a shock because if it wasn’t closed – as it was last night and Monday night and today, it was probably shut for a bit.
“The thing that’s been a massive shock is the amount of sand and the amount of water that was coming in to the area, but I haven’t really been surprisedapronx – it’s quite hard to predict, it’s been a bad week but I’ve been a little more cautious as far as what’s the big picture.”
ABC Rural reporter Stephen Catton said the area was already in the spotlight of community unrest this week when dozens of people refused to vacate thei