Home lost, people forced to flee in Queensland
NOOSA residents were being warned to evacuate yesterday as a fire raged through Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, which has already claimed at least one house.
Authorities feared more properties would be lost in the Cooroibah, Ringtail Creek and Tewantin areas and called for an evacuation to try and ensure there would be no lives lost.
The fire is being fought by ground crews and aircraft and is expected to have a “significant impact” on the community, authorities said.
About 2000 people sought shelter at local showgrounds, sporting facilities and church outreach centres after evacuating parts of Tewantin and Noosa North Shore on Friday.
“I know that this does have an emotional impact on people,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said yesterday.
“We’ll make sure that there is the appropriate counselling that people will need, because when they actually have to suddenly get up and leave their home and belongings it can be very distressing.”
One firefighter broke a leg and a home has been destroyed at Cooroibah.
“I think when, eventually, the areas are opened up and people see how close these fires came to property they’ll be aware of what an incredible job the firefighting team did,” Noosa mayor Tony Wellington said.
More than 40 fires were burning across Queensland at midday yesterday, with a statewide fire ban and the conditions predicted to worsen further on Wednesday.
Firefighters at Noosa.