Residents have been returning to their homes in the Hinterland today as fire conditions ease significantly.
For those who have a home to go back to it’s a welcome relief, but for others whose homes have been destroyed it’s been a heartbreaking return.
11 homes were destroyed in and around Timbarra Drive at Beechmont on the weekend after the area came under heavy ember attack.
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The historic Binna Burra Lodge down the road was also a victim of the blaze.
Lisa Groom’s home in Timbarra Drive was saved, but several others in her street were destroyed on the weekend.
“In our street of Timbarra Drive its been intense, we’ve lost a lot of houses, the residents are all coming back as we speak and its so good to have them back,” she told Nine News.
“Last night we were there at our end of the street pretty much by ourselves and it was very eerie, the fire brigade has been putting out spot fires overnight.
“For us, we are lucky because we literally walked back in, the fires gone on both sides of our house right up to our front door, saved by the firies twice I believe.
“Our neighbours, a tree between has come down, luckily onto their garage. We’re just about to catch up tonight and have a drink I think.”
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Cooler temperatures and calmer winds have allowed local fire crews to get some much needed rest while crews from other parts of Queensland and interstate continue work to strengthen containment lines.
Water bombing aircraft have also been continuing work in the Hinterland today.
There’s no immediate threat with all fires at an Advice level.
But conditions are set to worsen again on Friday with firefighters desperate to get the upper hand before then.
“That fire will continue to burn in a very inaccessible area for some time yet, but with the moderating conditions that will give us some opportunity to consolidate some containment lines” QFES Acting Commissioner Mike Wassing said.
“That will be a going fire for some time and we’ll continue to see smoke in that Hinterland area for a long time, basically until we get some significant rainfall.”
Acting Premier Jackie Trad says despite an easing of conditions, people shouldn’t be complacent with things likely to get tricky again later this week.
“While the next two days might present a reprieve for our firefighters, while they are resting over the next couple of days, I do have to say that the conditions on Friday and Saturday and well into the middle of next week present new challenges,” Ms Trad said.
“We are expecting temperatures about 5 or 6 degrees above average starting on Friday which will dry out fuel loads across the State.
Bureau of Meteorology Forecaster Richard Wardle says the fire danger will ease further on Thursday before increasing again on Friday with some strong winds also forecast.
“The concern really should be in everyone’s minds that the fire danger ratings will increase to very high and that’s because of those increased temperatures.
“The good news is that even though we are going to see a south westerly wind burst like we did over the past weekend, we’re not expecting that to be as strong as we experienced over the last weekend.
“But still people should be mindful we will see a return to those very high fire danger ratings on Friday and over the weekend.”