By Jean Treble
As I write this, Australia is burning, suffering one of the worst bushfire seasons for many years.
Blazes continue to rage across the nation and the conditions are set to worsen, particularly in Queensland.
Firefighters have faced a long night battling blazes stretching from the NSW South Coast, all the way to the Queensland border ahead of yet another day of severe fire danger in parts of the state.
Emergency warnings were at one stage issued for seven bushfires burning in NSW on Thursday, with fires still threatening a number of communities across the state as night fell.
In Queensland, stifling temperatures are expected to hit this weekend as firefighters continue to battle dozens of fires across the state.
It will be a long night for many people and firefighters in those areas.
Dry southeast Queensland is again bracing for severe fire conditions as severe heatwave temperatures grip the state.
The forecast has emergency crews on alert after one firefighter was injured and fears properties have been lost to a fast-moving bushfire on Queensland’s Darling Downs.
The large fire, near Millmerran west of Toowoomba, has blackened almost 1200 hectares and continues to burn in the Western Creek State Forest near Cypress Gardens and Forest Ridge.
Three people have died and there were fears for another seven still missing after severe bushfires destroyed more than 150 homes over thousands of hectares of eastern Australia.
A fire in the Kangawalla area, near Glen Innes on the New South Wales north coast, a person died in their car and was found by a volunteer firefighter. Another death in the same fire, a woman was found unconscious by fire crews on Old Grafton Road at Diehard on Friday night. The woman was found with burns to 40% to 50% of her body and later died in Sydney’s Concord Hospital.
A long-running drought across New South Wales and Queensland has left massive tinder-dry fuel loads across the east of Australia.
Hundreds of acres of wildlife habitat have been lost and animals injured and dying.
Homes, properties, and animals have perished in these horrifying fires. Contributing money to the Bushfire Appeal is my cause.
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