Dangerous weekend ahead as 60 bushfires burn across Queensland

November 2019 bushfires update- dangerous weekend ahead

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A water-bombing plane in action over the Beechmont Tarome fires. Photo- QFES.

A water-bombing plane in action over the Beechmont Tarome fires. Photo- QFES.

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The Darling Downs and Granite Belt will continue to experience severe fire danger over the weekend, with 60 bushfires burning across the state as of Friday morning.

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The Darling Downs and Granite Belt will continue to experience severe fire danger over the weekend, with 60 bushfires burning across the state as of Friday morning.

In the November bushfires 16 homes have been lost, including 15 at Cobraball and one at Cooroibah.

A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said about 130,000 hectares have been burnt out since the bushfire season's start in September.

"Since last Friday there have been 3600 firefighters on the frontline and today there are 117 trucks on scene," she said.

Significant fires burning at present include the Woodgate fire south of Bundaberg and the Black Snake fire in the Gympie region.

A 16-year-old boy has been charged over the Cobraball fire, which started on Saturday afternoon.

The teenager will be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Jess Gardner said dry westerly winds and dry conditions west of a surface trough would see fire risks on the Granite Belt and Darling Downs remain severe on Friday and through the weekend.

"Elsewhere through the state the risk will be very high through much of the rest of the south east," she said.

"We do start to see things ease back a little bit from Monday."

Ms Gardner said while there was no significant rainfall forecast, it was possible some showers and storms could be seen next week over eastern parts of the Granite Belt.

"The surface trough moves a little bit west and with some low moisture building to the east of it, we might see a little bit of rainfall over some of these firegrounds," she said.

Meanwhile a waterbombing helicopter pilot who survived a crash landing at Pechey on Wednesday afternoon has been released from Toowoomba Base Hospital.

The fire at Pechey has seen 140 hectares affected of the HQPlantations 1,150 ha pine plantation. The company's Jimna plantation has also been hit hard, with 700 hectares of damage.

All of HQPlantations' plantations south of Mackay will remain closed to the public for safety reasons until further notice.

Chief operating officer Islay Robertson said while temperatures have dropped and winds have eased, the fire danger in plantation forests is not over.

"Conditions are still extremely dry. If storms forecast this weekend don't bring much needed rain, lightning could start new fires and hot, windy conditions are forecast to escalate again early next week," he said.

"We are concerned for public safety in the current environment and also want to reduce the risk of new fires while conditions are so dry and our firefighting crews are spread so thin.

"We have been battling blazes continuously since last Friday and managing fatigue is an ongoing issue."

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