Fast moving and unpredictable wildfires in Queensland state caused officials to issue evacuation orders in multiple areas on Friday, November 8. Residents in Cooroibah and Scenic Rim have been ordered to evacuate while individuals in Buccan, Thornton, Clumber, and Lower Beechmont have also be told to prepare to leave. At least three fires in Queensland are at emergency level and over 40 fires are ongoing in the state. Extreme fire warnings are in place from the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast, and inland to Toowoomba, Dalby, Miles, and Goondiwindi.
Further spread of the fires is expected over the coming days as weather conditions across Queensland remain hot, dry, and windy. A heightened security presence, road closures, and power outages are to be expected in the vicinity of the wildfires. Up-to-date information on the fire can be found on the Queensland Rural Fire Service (RFS) website here.
Wildfires are an annual event in Australia between December and February; however, the authorities have been on high alert since September 2015 over unseasonably warm temperatures, prompting scientists to speculate that climate change could be extending and increasing the intensity of the fire season.
Individuals present in Queensland are advised to keep abreast of warnings and adhere to any instructions issued by local authorities, notably evacuation orders. As high temperatures are expected in the near-term, individuals are also advised to remain hydrated and minimize outdoor activities. Furthermore, individuals should limit outdoor activities until the situation normalizes and those with chronic respiratory illnesses should exercise increased caution; seek medical attention if experiencing breathing difficulties or other health concerns.
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