Qld bushfires: what you need to know.
Firefighters in Queensland are battling more than 20 blazes on Friday in one of the worst starts to the state's bushfire season.
WHAT IS HAPPENING?
* More than 100 firefighters were on the ground on Friday morning. NSW has sent 50 firefighters to help out.
* A large bushfire in difficult terrain at Sarabah, inland from the Gold Coast, is causing most concern. People have been told to leave because conditions will get worse on Friday afternoon.
* The Sarabah fire is expected to impact Darlington Range Road, Climax Court, Limerick Drive, Coral Court, Bode Court and Shay Place mid afternoon on Friday. About 20 people are already at a camp ground in Canungra.
* Further north, a house was destroyed in a very fast grassfire near Mareeba on Thursday but no one was hurt.
* Northwest of Brisbane, people near Hawkwood are being told to prepare to leave.
PREPARE TO LEAVE: Hawkwood bushfire. Currently as at 12.50pm Friday 6 September, a fast-moving fire is travelling in a south easterly direction from Barbours Road and New Cadarga Road, Hawkwood, towards Monogorilby. https://t.co/t4lRJWOz6X— Queensland Police (@QldPolice) September 6, 2019
WHAT IS FANNING THE FLAMES?
* Strong gusty winds, temperatures in the mid-30s and very low humidity are creating very dangerous conditions.
* Winds up to 95 km/h are expected in the southwest in areas including Goondiwindi, St George, Hebel, Bollon, Mungindi and Dirranbandi.
⚠️Severe Weather Warning for damaging winds issued for eastern parts of the Maranoa and Warrego and the western #DarlingDowns. Peak gusts of around 95km/h are expected to develop this afternoon with the passage of a vigorous cold front. https://t.co/1e8cHOR1d0 pic.twitter.com/WEFzSfguyM— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) September 6, 2019
* The Maranoa and Warrego and the Darling Downs and Granite Belt districts are facing extreme fire danger.
⚠️ Extreme fire danger ratings are now being observed at multiple locations across the Darling Downs. Wind gusts of up to 83km/h recorded at Oakey thus far. Conditions will continue to deteriorate into this afternoon. Follow @QldFES for latest warnings and advice. pic.twitter.com/11nQtFTYGk— Bureau of Meteorology, Queensland (@BOM_Qld) September 6, 2019
* Communities are on the edge in these districts which could still face possible catastrophic fire danger levels in some pockets.
* In the Southern Downs, where the country is bone dry, a vegetation fire has begun near Wallangarra.
* Severe fire danger warnings are in place for the Central Highlands and Coalfields district, Wide Bay and Burnett, and the southeast coast.
WHAT IS THE FORECAST?
* It is a hotter than usual start to spring with Brisbane headed for 34C, the Gold Coast 30C, the Sunshine Coast 31C, and Beaudesert 35C.
* Cooler conditions are forecast in coming days but the weather bureau warns the fire danger will remain high until the middle of next week.
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