Fire concerns rise as storms roll in


Tonight the relentless battle against fires in Queensland and New South Wales again dominates the news. Weary firefighters see no end in sight.

Megan Rainbird reports.

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We desperately need rain, not the dry storms that are forecast.

They are more lightning and wind than anything else.

So firies are worried with very high fire warnings for South East Queensland and severe fire warnings for the Darling Downs and the Granite Belt.

Asst Comm. John Bolger, QFES: “With today’s increased temperature, those westerly winds and real danger of dry lightning and perhaps wind gusts we’re predicting maybe up to 100 kilometres per hour. We’re certainly back into severe fire weather conditions today.”

Firefighters are battling to gain the upper hand, as 30 fires burn across the state.

The Minister for Water Resources visited the bushfire ravaged, bone-dry town of Stanthorpe.

David Littleproud, Federal Minister for Water Resources: “What we saw on the ground was just horrific.”

He says the states have to work more closely with the Commonwealth on conserving water resources for future crisis.

The Queensland Government ridiculed the criticism.

Jackie Trad, Deputy Premier: “It’s Queenslanders who are picking up the pieces disaster after disaster who have turned out the flat earthers like David Littleproud.”

The political point scoring will probably not do much to help thousand of fire fighters exhausted but fighting on.

And it’s little better over the border, where a blaze at Tenterfield is now at a ‘watch and act’ level.

Ben Shepherd, NSW RFS: “Whilst we are seeing some rain move up the coast, it’s not going to be enough to extinguish these fires.”

Megan Rainbird, QUT News.