Nearly 10,000 people have been told to flee immediately as more than 140 fast-moving blazes tear through Queensland amid the state’s bushfire crisis. Thousands of people were evacuated from communities in central Queensland after catastrophic fire conditions on Wednesday. About 140 bushfires were burning across an almost 2,000km stretch from Yungaburra, south of Cairns, to Mount French, west of the Gold Coast. QLD fires were been declared ‘catastrophic’, the highest level on the scale.
Early on Thursday, residents of two more communities – Campwin Beach and Sarina Beach south of Mackay – were woken by police and emergency text messages telling them they were in danger and to move to safety immediately. Authorities desperately urged people to leave, saying they will ‘burn to death’.