Queensland and NSW bushfires: mass evacuations as fires threaten more homes – live updates










Queensland police say some fires involve ‘purposeful and malicious’ behaviour

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Reports last night that about 10 houses were destroyed in Peregian don’t appear to be correct in the (still hazy) light of day.

At this stage, we know one house was destroyed and a handful of others damaged.

That’s particularly remarkable given some of the footage we’ve seen showing burning embers being blown into suburban areas by gusting winds.

A huge efforts by firefighters – about 115 crews in total – saved dozens of homes and businesses in the Peregian area overnight.

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A day after fire ripped through the historic Binna Burra Lodge in Queensland’s Lamington national park, guests and staff have had to make a treacherous evacuation from another nearby eco-resort.

Authorities made the decision mid-afternoon on Monday to advise people to leave O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.

The evacuation was abandoned late on Monday afternoon, after the fire shifted towards the Lamington National Park Road.

About 100 staff, guests and police officers who had been unable to leave spent about three hours at the resort waiting for news. Authorities coordinated their departure about 8pm.

The main concern had been predictions of erratic winds, which made the movement of the fire front unpredictable, in the early hours of this morning.

The fire in the national park is still burning out of control.


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