Stanthorpe fire an 'accident': Qld Police
Queenslanders in the southeast face a tense night hoping dry storms carrying lightning and no rain don't spark bushfires in the bone-dry region.
One community at serious risk again is Stanthorpe, where a fire destroyed four homes as the Queensland bushfire crisis was sparked in early September.
Detectives say it was lit accidentally at Plant Road on September 6.
They are part of a special taskforce that has already determined more than 10 blazes across the state were caused by accident, reckless behaviour or deliberate actions.
About 30 fires were still burning across the state on Tuesday afternoon as thunderstorms popped up in southeast Queensland.
"Damaging wind gusts, large hail and dry lightning are all possible," the Bureau of Meteorology said.
Queenslanders were warned lightning with little or no rain could spark fires in the afternoon and evening before conditions eased later on Tuesday.
An emergency was briefly declared west of Brisbane on Tuesday afternoon before fire crews contained a blaze at Redlands Plains.
In the Granite Belt, Federal Minister for Natural Disasters David Littleproud toured fire-affected properties in Stanthorpe as the region's fire danger escalated to severe.
"We're not out of the woods yet particularly here in Stanthorpe today," he told reporters on Tuesday.
He called on Queensland and other states to build more dams, saying they should get digging while the land was in drought because communities around Australia were running out of water.
In parliament, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk spoke of confronting scenes when she toured the fire-ravaged town of Beechmont in the Scenic Rim.
"To walk along Timbarra Drive in Beechmont where 11 homes were lost is a devastating experience," she said.
"It was here that I met Liz and Melissa whose homes were miraculously spared, and Lisa whose house was also saved thanks to the efforts of people like Suzanne from the rural fire brigade.
"But their neighbours on the other side of the street were not so lucky. These houses now lay ruined, reduced to twisted piles of metal."
The Scenic Rim fires, inland from the Gold Coast, also destroyed the historic Binna Burra lodge.
A worker's transition group will meet for the first time on Wednesday to help find new jobs for 70 employees laid off from the Lodge.
It has been the biggest employer in the area before it was burnt down last week, and Ms Palaszczuk told parliament that chairman Steve Noakes had no choice but to let staff go until it is rebuilt.
Officials have warned that some fires could burn for months because the ground is bone-dry and there is no significant rain in sight.
State Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Craig Crawford has called for a review into the response to the fires to hear where there were areas that need improvement.
"What we have seen since September 5 is a frightening, early start to the 2019 bushfire season - some of the worst bushfires in 130 years,"" he said.
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