Australia east coast bushfires, Fifteen homes destroyed as bushfires rage in Queensland.

Around 50 fires are burning across Queensland and a similar number of bush and grassland fires are burning in NSW, with some expected to burn for weeks.

Authorities are urging people to stay vigilant, and keep up-to-date with warnings.

Seventeen homes destroyed in QLD
Seventeen homes have been destroyed in Queensland as bushfires continue to blaze across the state.

At least nine homes were lost in the Gold Coast hinterland community of Binna Burra on Friday night, where an emergency situation has been declared and residents have been ordered to evacuate immediately.

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Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have said more homes are expected to be destroyed.

On Thursday, one home was destroyed in North Queensland and another home was destroyed on Friday in Sarabah.

In border town of Stanthorpe there are unconfirmed reports of two homes being destroyed.

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An emergency situation also remains in place in Stanthorpe, where fires are continuing to be fanned by strong winds.

The New England Highway has since been reopened in the area, and some residents are being allowed to return to their homes.

The bushfire warning in Stanthorpe has been downgraded to ‘watch and act’, with residents being advised to remain alert as conditions could flare up again quickly.

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Residents around Applethorpe have also been told to prepare to leave at short notice.

The Bureau of Meteorology says a cool change is pushing through the state, but that strong and gusty westerly winds will fuel fires.

“We still have a very high fire danger over the next few days given it’s windy and dry, so not ideal fire fighting weather from that point,” Meteorologist Harry Clark told AAP on Saturday.

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