A monumental lodge has been destroyed by furious forest fires caused by windy conditions in Queensland.
Footage shows the cabins of the lodge as well as the newly built apartments completely demolished with smoke around the wreck.
Acting Prime Minister Jackie Trad said the fires claimed a piece of Queensland history in the Gold Coast hinterland at night.
& # 39; Unfortunately, the Binna Burra Lodge, which has been part of the tourist landscape since 1933, & # 39; succumbed to destruction from the fires at night, & she said.
The lodge (photo) is a popular tourist attraction surrounded by uninterrupted views of the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves of Australia
The Queensland fire brigade is fighting furious forest fires in the most devastating start to the burning season in the history of the state, as the authorities warn that it is an omen of the things to come.
Andrew Sturgess, Queensland's predictive services inspector, says the fire hazard has never been so severe in the early spring.
About 40 houses were lost in 130 years of records, he said.
Binna Burra Lodge chairman Steven Noakes told it ABC the destroyed structure was & # 39; a dark day in the 86-year history of Binna Burra & # 39 ;.
Emergency services could not enter the site safely, as the location has only one way to get in and out.
& # 39; We have huge trees falling over the roads and it is an incredibly dangerous situation, & # 39; said Mr. Noakes.
The lodge is a popular tourist attraction surrounded by uninterrupted views of the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves of Australia.
Binna Burra Lodge Chairman Steven Noakes told ABC that the destroyed structure was a dark day in the 86-year history of Binna Burra & # 39;
Emergency services could not enter the site safely, as the location has only one way to get in and out
Since Thursday, more than 20 buildings – including 15 houses – have been destroyed, and that number is expected to rise.
& # 39; So this is an omen, if you want, a warning for the burning season that we will probably see in the southeast of the state where most of the population is, & # 39; Mr. Sturgess said on Sunday.
On Sunday morning, 57 forest fires burned in the state.
The two worst are flames that got out of hand near the border towns of Applethorpe and Stanthorpe, and the bushfire in difficult terrain near Binna Burra in the Scenic Rim.
Scenic Rim Regional Council Mayor Greg Christensen warned that it is still too dangerous for many to return to their homes because of the risk of falling due to falling trees and other dangers.
The fire has already destroyed 11 houses they know.
& # 39; The reality is that we must expect significant structural loss (s) that has already occurred, and possibly much more loss. & # 39;
Water bombing helps the fire brigade with the fire at Binna Burra.
In Stanthorpe people brace themselves for a long day and night.
Many residents of Stanthorpe and Applethorpe were evacuated Friday from the path of the fast-moving bushfire, and people in Applethorpe evacuated again on Saturday
Many residents of Stanthorpe and Applethorpe were evacuated Friday from the path of the fast-moving bushfire, and people in Applethorpe evacuated again on Saturday.
QFES assistant commissioner Megan Stiffler told them Saturday that they would not have the fire under control by Monday.
& # 39; We have hard days ahead and all night to protect all sides of this fire, & # 39; she said.
In Stanthorpe, residents have brought food to the show places for people in need and offered homes for the displaced on the Stanthorpe Facebook page.
Lydia Wullems reported that they were now stored for everyone in need.
& # 39; Food, breakfast, packed lunches, dinner, water, tea, coffee, etc. Or a chat. There is so much food here! Thank you everyone for your great donations! Special thanks to Woolworths for providing food and all the great volunteers .. & # 39;
Authorities have praised affected residents for following advice, but have warned of complacency.
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