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No rain in sight to put out Queensland bushfires

Exhausted firefighters who have spent days reigning in fire fronts across Queensland will be relieved by fresh crews as authorities warn dire weather conditions could last weeks or even months.

Hundreds of people who raced to escape fires across southern and southeast Queensland have returned to their homes ringed by charred bush and reeking of smoke.

However, authorities are bracing for another crisis as winds and hotter than average temperatures are forecast for the coming days
Acting Fire Commissioner Mike Wassing has said Queensland is in the grip of no ordinary bushfire season.

"What we've seen is extraordinary dry conditions with the extremes of high winds and high temperatures," he said on Thursday.
"This will continue for weeks and potentially months. There is no outlook for rain."

Winds are forecast to pick up over the weekend, and from Monday to Wednesday temperatures in half of the state will be hotter than the average.

Police are looking closely at 22 fires to determine if they were lit on purpose, with Commissioner Katarina Carroll saying a taskforce has found 13 were caused by an accident, reckless behaviour or deliberately.

Authorities say there is an element of survivors guilt in parts of the Gold Coast hinterland, where some homes were razed while others were left untouched.

Scenic Rim mayor Greg Christensen has been trying to steer his community through disaster.

"Tragedy comes and goes in life," he said on Thursday.

"How it affects us is determined by how much we can focus on the joy inside of us being greater than that which is affecting us from the outside."

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At least 10 homes have been lost in the suburb of Peregian Beach. Source: Nine


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