FIRE PLAN: Bushfire season ignites early

Fires burn on the Gold Coast hinterland

He said people who have been impacted by the fires will get all the support they expect from the commonwealth and state governments of NSW and Queensland.

State Development Minister Cameron Dick says he's been in touch with Binna Burra Lodge to offer their assistance.

A taskforce has been set up on Monday to determine the extent of damage to Australia's world heritage-listed Binna Burra Lodge after wildfires tore through the Gold Coast Hinterland over the weekend.

Cr Christensen said the strong winds are still making the situation "exceedingly volatile", and warned displaced people that it was still not safe to go home.

At Linville, residents were told to leave if they didn't have a plan because the fire would probably hit George Street, John Street, David Street, Anne Street, William Street and Alice Street, Linville before 5 p.m.

"Firefighters are still fighting there in hard conditions and that is expected to continue for days", a Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokesman says.

The blaze is part of the Stanthorpe fire, which destroyed seven structures including three homes overnight.

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

Stanthorpe woman Samantha Wantling says the tension in the town is palpable, despite the news that fire crews have contained the blaze near the town.

The gusty wind conditions over the last few days coupled with the devastating drought along the east coast, with record low rainfall recorded for southern Queensland and northeast inland of New South Wales over the last 17 months, has resulted in the severe fire conditions.

"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 need rain. That's the only thing that's going to save us".

The RFS confirmed four homes had been destroyed in Drake, along with one home in Tenterfield.

QFES assistant commissioner Megan Stiffler told them on Saturday they would not have the fire under control before Monday.

Some have lost their homes, while other properties have been damaged.

Armidale is already experiencing early-morning winds of up to 40km/h and gusts of up to 60km/h, pushing the Bees Nest blaze towards the northeast.

Fires are also burning north of Rockhampton, near Gympie and one west of Toowoomba, but no homes are under threat in those areas.

Emergency Services Minister Craig Crawford said on Monday the emergency is far from over, as firefighters battle 83 fires.

Neville Smith is in a critical but stable condition at Royal Brisbane Hospital.

However, two blazes of major concern in the north of the state have been downgraded.

A fire burning in Illinbah, Queensland.

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