Bushfires in Australia Threaten Life, with Urgent Warnings for Evacuation


Even as the dust on the Amazon forest fires haven’t yet settled, Australia it battling its own derailing consequences of heating and dry temperatures. A bushfire is spreading through rugged country near Canungra, in the Australian Gold Coast region.

The Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) have already declared a red alert for bushfire in Sarabah, south of Canungra, to evacuate the area. The fire may be outreaching and coming close to settled civilization, threatening to swallow homes.

The scale of the fire is massive, covering more than 500 hectares. Aerial Water Bombers have joined the effort as reinforcements to calm the onward raging fire. Rural Fire Service (RFS) spokesman Alan Gillespie said pointing out the urgent need to leave the area and save what they can, “”It’s burning in really rugged ranges in the Darlington Range area, access is very difficult — We are planning for the worst and hoping for the best”.

The region has reportedly recorded its all-time lowest humidity in years, which was responsible in unleashing the fire. A strict notice of a fire threat has been issued for Queensland’s south-east coast and the Darling Downs and Granite Belt and a very high fire danger for remaining eastern districts.

A fire ban will also be active, which will prohibit use of any fire, lighting, igniting or using fire arms, as the state of this fire emergency become more dire and endemic.