Australia Bushfires Arrive Early, Destroying Historic Lodge in ‘Omen’ of Future

On Monday, fire officials in Queensland and New South Wales identified dozens of bushfires still burning across both states.

Hundreds of firefighters are combating the blazes, and at least 20 structures have been destroyed over the past three days, including the Binna Burra Lodge. A volunteer firefighter was critically injured on Friday with burns to his hands, arms, legs, back and face.

And conditions do not seem likely to improve: Roughly 65 percent of Queensland and 98 percent of New South Wales is currently affected by drought, Ms. Gergis said, and meteorologists are predicting dry windy weather for the next few days, which threatens to spread the fires far and wide.

“It hurts many people of different generations, we all feel the pain,” said Steven Noakes, the chairman of the Binna Burra Lodge. Though his house was still intact, he said, many of his neighbors had lost their homes to the blaze and more destruction was expected.

“It’s a devastating impact and it generates a range of emotions,” he said. “It’s difficult.”

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