Home lost, peo­ple forced to flee in Queens­land

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

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.

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