Fears over mon­ster in­ferno

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS -

AN un­pre­dictable and dan­ger­ous bush­fire that claimed more than a dozen houses and sheds is con­tin­u­ing to burn on mul­ti­ple fronts in cen­tral Queens­land.

The mas­sive 14km-wide blaze is burn­ing from Co­bra­ball to­ward Lake Mary, Bun­gun­darra and Mary­vale in the Yep­poon hin­ter­land.

An­other “leave im­me­di­ately” or­der was is­sued yes­ter­day af­ter­noon, with emer­gency ser­vices warn­ing the blaze is ex­pected to have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the com­mu­nity.

Liv­ing­stone Shire Coun­cil Mayor Bill Lud­wig said the out-of-con­trol blaze is one of most dan­ger­ous and un­pre­dictable fires the re­gion had seen. “This is a fire with mul­ti­ple fronts,” he told AAP.

“There’s a front head­ing to the north, two head­ing to the east in dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions and one head­ing to the south and an­other the west.”

Overnight the fire burned 16 struc­tures, in­clud­ing homes, as ember at­tacks lit fires 200 me­tres in ad­vance of the fire­front. Sheds and farm­ing equip­ment have also been lost.

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