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Qld: entire suburb of Tewantin evacuated
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Here’s an photo taken earlier today of a water bombing plane dropping fire retardant on a bushfire in Harrington in NSW.
Fires in Woodford in the Blue Mountains have been downgraded to watch and act.
The NSW Rural Fire Service says they haven’t been able to reach everyone who called for help and to register at the following link if you or someone you know was affected: register.redcross.org.au
Residents of one small Queensland town have two dangerous bushfires burning on either side of them, AAP reports.
One of them is a blaze at Tarome, a rural hamlet some 80km southwest of Brisbane, that is expected to affect the little community by early evening.
The other blaze is at Clumber and Moogerah, where a prepare to leave order has been issued.
People were told to leave Tarome on Friday afternoon as the fire raced towards Tarome Road, Ryan Road, Simmonds Road, Hinrichsen Road, Campsite Road, Rose Road and the Cunningham Highway.
Roads were blocked and evacuation centre was set up at nearby Aratula.
The RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons tells the ABC that authorities have received preliminary reports from the field. He says there has been “widespread property damage and destruction” across multiple fire grounds.
The RFS has also received a few reports of minor injuries to both fire fighters and residents protecting their homes, Fitzsimmons says.
“It’s been a tough day,” he says. “And we’ve still got a long time left yet to deal with these fires.”
The ABC reports that two homes have been destroyed on the NSW far north coast, according to the NSW Rural Fire Service. But that number is expected to rise, they say.
It appears that only part of Tewantin, near Noosa, has been evacuated.
Megan Stiffler, the Queensland Fire Emergency Service’s assistant commissioner, says authorities have told northern parts of Tewantin to leave now.
“What we want to do is do it in a measured manner, so the whole community should be on alert. However, we’re not evacuating people until it’s necessary and we’re ensuring that they have plenty of time should they need to leave.
Asked if it is correct that about a couple hundred people will be evacuated, Stiffler says: “That would be the maximum at this stage. It’s important to note as this fire moves forward, it will be a staged progression. We wouldn’t expect the whole community to move at the same time. We have plenty of resources.”
The mayor of the shire of Kempsey, Liz Campbell, is speaking on the ABC. Kempsey is about 40 minutes north of Port Macquarie on the Mid North Coast.
“In our shire, it’s extremely concerning for up river, where we have a really big fire around the Cattai National Park and then around Bellbrook and then the town of Kempsey, which is only about 7km from where I am in town. And they just seem to be getting bigger and increasing.”
Homes on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast are under threat from an out-of-control bushfire.
Police have told residents at Cooroibah, near Noosa, to leave now, AAP reports.
An exclusion zone has been set up that includes: Louis Bazzo Drive south to Kimbah Court, and McKinnon Drive east to Lake Cooroibah Road, continuing along Noosa River waterway north to Boreen Point, then across to McKinnon Drive at Louis Bazzo Drive.
“The fire may pose a threat to all lives directly in its path,” the QFES said.
Power, water, and mobile phone service may be lost and road conditions are expected to become extremely dangerous over the next several hours.
More recently, the Noosa suburb of Tewantin has been evacuated.
WA’s Department of Fire and Emergency Service says there are also bushfires at Wongan Hills and Coondle, north-east of Perth.
A Bureau of Meteorology spokesman has just appeared on the ABC.
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