Massive bushfire in putty could burn for a month as officials assess what damage has been done to homes and business, but is expected to move on Tuesday and could cause up to 20,000 residents to evacuate.
“The fire is the worst we’ve seen in our lifetime,” chief executive of Queensland’s State Emergency Services Board Mark Wilson said.
“It may become a very long fire and it could affect much of the Queensland mainland.”
He advised people to not travel to high risk areas, and advised people to call emergency services within five minutes of spotting smoke.
Some 300 firefighters and more than 100 helicopters were involved in the battle, which was also backed by Queensland Police, who used smoke planes to fight the blaze in areas of east Queensland.
Firefighters were being treated for smoke inhalation at a regional hospital and about 12 people were treated for burn injuries.
Residents of west of the state were put under a mandatory evacuation order after smoke caused a high rise to collapse in a shopping centre in north Queensland town of Glensallen.
About 100 firefighters were at the scene to protect residents in nearby Woodlawn, but the blaze soon moved to more isolated locations.
The state capital Brisbane City Hall said it would close until at least 9pm and the community centre would remain closed until at least 2am on Monday.
Fire crews will begin a 24-hour mandatory evacuation across most of south and west Queensland.
It is one of the nation’s deadliest fires, and at the height of the bushfire on June 24 nearly 12,000 people were expected to be forced from their homes in the south.
Firefighters have been in constant, day and night battles to battle the blaze, and more than 400 firefighters have been injured, mostly minor injuries.
The Queensland Government has announced a massi청주출장안마 청주안마ve fire response.
Earlier this week the Government said $100 million will be spent on Queenslanders fighting wildfires.
A Department of Environment spokesman said it was “deeply disappointing” to hear that Queensland’s environment minister had not been aware of the devastating effects of the bushfire 우리카지노계열on homes in eastern Queensland.
“The damage we have seen in the past 12 weeks in west of the state is enormous. Our aim is that these fires should not be repeated,” he said.
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Mr Wilson said crews would continue to work at a 24-hour national alert, adding that all fir