Fires continue to rage across Queensland.

Authorities say this is the worst start to the state’s bushfire season in recorded history.

Here is a quick explainer on what you need to know.

WHERE ARE THE MAJOR FIRES ON MONDAY?

• On Monday evening, 73 fires were burning from the southeast corner to the Cairns hinterland, although that figure has fluctuated throughout the day.

• Police have declared a bushfire emergency situation and homes have reportedly been lost at Peregian Springs north of the Sunshine Coast.

• Conditions are getting worse at a bushfire in Peregian Springs, Peregian Beach, Peregian Breeze Estate and Marcus Beach.

• As of 8.25pm, the fast-moving fire was travelling in east, northeast from Emu Mountain Road and expected to hit Peregian Beach and Marcus Beach.

• The police declared emergency zone is bounded by Old Emu Mountain Road, David Low Way, the Sunshine Coast Motorway and Podargus Parade.

• A major blaze around the Stanthorpe and Applethorpe areas has been contained but officials say containment lines and crews will be put to the test by dry winds.

• Residents in and around Ballandean, south of Stanthorpe, are being told to leave after a dangerous fire flared up there. An evacuation centre is open at the Ballandean Hall and Sports Club.

• Aircraft were grounded for periods on Monday because of strong winds, and residents have been told to immediately leave O’Reilly, another area within the rainforest.

• Another blaze near Binna Burra in the Gold Coast hinterland has also been brought under control, but again there are warnings it could flare up.

WHAT’S THE DAMAGE SO FAR?

• There have been no fatalities.

• 57 homes and properties have been either damaged or burnt down since the crisis began on Thursday.

• 10 homes have been lost in Peregian Beach on Monday night, according to the ABC and News Corp.

• The Stanthorpe fire, which takes in the Applethorpe fire, has destroyed eight structures including three homes and water tanks.

• 11 homes were obliterated at Sarabah by the fire now at Binna Burra and the heritage-listed Binna Burra Lodge has been seriously damaged.

• Further north, one house was razed to the ground in a very fast grassfire near Mareeba on Thursday.

• The damage tally is likely to rise once it is safe to check fire-ravaged areas.

WHAT ARE RESIDENTS DOING?

Many were forced to evacuate their homes with some going to shelters and others seeking refuge with friends or family.

• But some in the Stanthorpe, Applethorpe and Binna Burra areas are being allowed to return to their properties to get a look at the damage, check on their pets and access medication.

• Six schools will be closed on Tuesday as a cautionary measure.

• Many roads are closed and people are being urged to check emergency services bulletins before travelling into affected areas.

WHAT RESOURCES HAVE BEEN DEPLOYED?

• Fire crews from NSW and federal defence personnel are assisting Queensland agencies.

WHAT’S THE OUTLOOK?

• Conditions are volatile and not expected to ease before Wednesday, when temperatures and winds will drop.



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