Lamington National Park, Springbrook National Park and Girraween National Park are just some of the Qld national parks closed due to severe fires.
Bushfires having been raging for multiple days, breaking containment lines, destroying properties – including the iconic Binna Burra Lodge – and severely damaging walking tracks and other infrastructure.
No loss of life has been reported so far.
The Parks Qld website says it all: "Due to a wildfire in the area, Girraween National Park is temporarily closed until declared safe. Wildfire mitigation activities are in progress and areas will be reopened once conditions are considered safe.
"This closure applies to: All walking tracks; All picnic and day-use areas; and All camping areas including remote bush camps. Observe all signage, barriers and directions from rangers, and do not enter closed areas."
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services’ predictive services inspector, Andrew Sturgess, said the state had never before seen such serious bushfire conditions, so early in spring.
“So this is an omen, if you will, a warning of the fire season that we are likely to see in south-eastern parts of the state where most of the population is,” he said.
The acting premier, Jackie Trad, said climate change meant the state was facing a new era of fire risks.
“There is no doubt that with an increasing temperature with climate change, then what the scientists tell us is that events such as these will be more frequent and they will be much more ferocious,” she told reporters.
For updates on the bushfires click here.