The Australian Government is now calling for extra resources to be made available to help people in remote and remote-controlled areas in northern Queensland, after a deadly blaze left 100 people dead in the state’s south.
The fires in the remote Klamath region of north-west Queensland have forced hundreds of thousands of people to leave their homes.
The blaze erupted on Saturday night and has since spread across the region.
In a statement, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the Government was committed to ensuring people in the area had adequate fire protection, including a national firefighting plan and increased funding for emergency services.
“While we understand that some areas are more difficult to protect than others, we recognise that this is a situation that can only be addressed by a comprehensive regional firefighting strategy that focuses on ensuring that all people in our state are safe and that those who have lost their lives are properly and safely cared for,” she said.
“The Government has also committed to funding emergency services to support those in remote communities who may need assistance in managing the ongoing response to the fires.”
Ms Berejisklian is also calling for a national strategy to reduce the number of fires, to improve fire suppression efforts, and to help communities recover from the fires.
“We are committed to working with the community to address this, but we also know that this will be a challenging task for all Australians,” she added.
“It is not a question of whether we will find a solution; it is a question that will be determined by our communities, and that is why we need to build a regional fire response plan that works for everyone.”
A number of other states have also declared mandatory fire bans, and emergency services have been deployed to areas in Northern Queensland.
Emergency services are expected to remain on alert in the region, which is also home to some of Australia’s most isolated Aboriginal communities.
The Queensland Government has announced a total of $3 million to be provided to communities affected by the fires, and the Queensland Civil Defence is currently providing support for communities affected in the fires to provide basic first aid and medical care.
More than 1,000 firefighters have been called to the region in an effort to fight the blaze.