1 Nov 2023

Intense bushfires rage in Queensland and NSW

From Morning Report, 8:43 am on 1 November 2023

Australian firefighters are battling intense bushfires in Queensland and New South Wales, where the conditions are so severe they are focusing on saving lives, rather than properties.

Authorities confirmed on Tuesday that more than 50 homes, and 30 sheds, had been destroyed in the area around the Queensland town of Tara - about 300-kilometres inland from Brisbane.

Australia's prime minister Anthony Albanese visited another fire-affected area - Bundaberg, on the coast further north - saying the government was expecting about 42,000 claims as a result of the fires so far, and more crews would be coming in to help.

ABC Brisbane reporter Michael Rennie spoke to Ingrid Hipkiss.