EXHAUSTED Granite Belt residents were pinning their hopes on a desperate overnight push last night to defeat the fire that has menaced them for days.
Fire and Emergency crew battle bushfire near a house in the rural town of Canungra in the Scenic Rim region of South East Queensland, Australia, on September 6, 2019.
On Monday the Gold Coast hinterland fire was burning on both sides of Binna Burra Rd, south of Summerville Rd.
"The reality is we should expect significant structural loss (and) that has already occurred, and potentially much more loss".
"I think we are through the worst of it, but we still have a couple of days to go before it really starts to cool down", he said.More news: U.S. hold off Giannis' Greece to reach quarter-finals
Volunteer firefighter Neville Smith, 66, suffered serious burns on Friday while fighting a blaze near the New South Wales state town of Tenterfield, Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said.
"Over 500 firefighters are still guarded houses [and] function to control fires in challenging conditions", that the RFS said in a statement.
Crews have also managed to contain a fire that broke out at Linville, in the Somerset Region inland from the Sunshine Coast, on Sunday.
In nearby Binna Burra in the Lamington National Park, the blaze destroyed the heritage-listed Binna Burra Lodge.
"Once we get to Wednesday we've still got a lot of work to do, and it's going to be a very long season for us ahead". "The fire is expected to have a major affect on the neighborhood", QFES said.
An exclusion zone remains in place, but some residents are starting to return to their homes to check the extent of the damage, with at least eight structures including three homes have been destroyed there.More news: Nadal defies inspired Medvedev in five-set epic to win US Open
Officials have declared a total of 20 properties have been completely destroyed by fires across the state, and another 27 have been damaged, including the historic Binna Burra Lodge in the Gold Coast hinterland.
The Far North Queensland the Atherton Tablelands have been hit hard by fires this week, with one blaze engulfing a home at Biboohra, north of Mareeba.
Local Mayor Greg Christensen said damage to the Binna Burra Lodge, built in the 1930s, was "quite extreme".
"These winds, coupled with the underlying drought affecting much of NSW, has made firefighting extremely hard".
"We are asking the community to help us out, you are our eyes and ears and we need your help'".
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State Disaster Coordinator Steve Gollschewski said police would be "relentless" in their search for the offender.