How to tell if you’re in the middle of a wildfire – and the best place to go, or to stay, in the heat

How to tell if you’re in the middle of a wildfire – and the best place to go, or to stay, in the heat

By Andrew Langerby, ABC News Queensland’s hottest days in decades are drawing to a close, and the heat is being felt across the state.

A few hundred kilometres south of the city of Bunbury, in Bunbury Hills, the town’s main road is lined with houses that have all been destroyed by the fire, while the road is littered with empty shops and caravans.

The road is a popular destination for backpackers from the Queensland coastal town of Lismore, and it has been a hot spot for many years.

The town was once a sleepy fishing port before it was converted into a resort in the late 1960s and 1970s.

But the road that passes through the town is littered by cars and empty homes.

Residents and visitors are struggling to keep their eyes open.

“People are just trying to go home,” resident Rebecca Brown said.

Brown said she was unsure if she would be able to go back to her home, as it is now in a state of disrepair.

“It’s been the worst,” she said.

“I have no idea what to do, no idea where to go.”

In the town, the fire is causing a lot of damage.

“We are seeing lots of people having problems, because they are out here, they have no electricity, and they can’t get water,” Bunbury Police Sergeant Rob Anderson said.

The bushfires in Bunburys region are burning at a pace of more than 40,000 hectares, according to the Queensland Fire Service.

Firefighters are working hard to fight the fires in Bunbulls regional area, which includes Bunbury.

The heat and dust has been affecting the town for a number of weeks, and many residents have already left.

“People who are staying in the houses are having to move, people who have been staying in houses, have to go and move,” Mr Anderson said, as the fire burned more.

“The fire is taking a toll.”

In Lismoroo, near Bunbury in Bunstead Hills, residents have also been forced to move their homes.

“A lot of people are trying to leave.

I’m just trying not to see them go, because it’s going to be too hot,” resident Lyndsay Tapp said.

Ms Tapp has lived in the Lismoria community for about 40 years, and she said the fires had caused her to consider her family and friends.

“You just don’t see the faces anymore,” she added.

“For people who haven’t been in there, you’re like, ‘Oh my god, I can’t breathe’.”

Ms Tampos house has been destroyed, and her father and mother are still trying to get their possessions back.

“If it doesn’t burn, I don’t know,” she told ABC Radio Lismorsine.

“But they’ll probably get the rest of their things back eventually, but I don´t want to see my mum or dad go through that.”

She said her daughter had already lost a lot in the fire.

“My mum was a good woman,” she explained.

“She would go back every week to see her husband.”

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