Residents return home after being forced to flee Queensland bushfire

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Hundreds of people who were forced to flee their homes across southern and southeast Queensland have finally been allowed to return.

Residents living in Peregian Beach on the Sunshine Coast were some of the most severely impacted, with the blaze that tore through the area deliberately lit by a teenage boy and girl, according to police.

Police allege the teens lit the fire in bushland on Monday afternoon, sparking a three-day emergency that threatened entire communities and destroyed one home.

Peregian Beach resident Pam Murphy, 89, in the wreckage of her home on Plover St, which was destroyed by a bushfire on Monday night. Picture: Lachie Millard

Peregian Beach resident Pam Murphy, 89, in the wreckage of her home on Plover St, which was destroyed by a bushfire on Monday night. Picture: Lachie MillardSource:News Corp Australia

Two teenagers have been charged with lighting the fire. Picture: Lachie Millard

Two teenagers have been charged with lighting the fire. Picture: Lachie MillardSource:News Corp Australia

A 14-year-old Peregian Springs boy and a 15-year-old Coolum Beach girl were charged with endangering particular property by fire.

One of the victims of that fire is 89-year-old widow Pam Murphy, whose house was lost.

Ms Murphy’s home that she had lived in for 40 years was almost gutted by the fire.

But among the charred remains of her home, there were a few “personal treasured” that remained untouched by the devastation.

A photo of her son before he died overseas, other family photos, antiques and paintings were some of the few things that managed to survive the blaze.

“We thought everything would have been gone,” she told the Courier Mail.

“It’s quite amazing finding these personal treasures. It just gives you that little bit of positivity.”

Paintings and family photos remained untouched by the flames. Picture: Lachie Millard

Paintings and family photos remained untouched by the flames. Picture: Lachie MillardSource:News Corp Australia

Ms Murphy’s house was the only was destroyed in the blaze. Picture: Lachie Millard

Ms Murphy’s house was the only was destroyed in the blaze. Picture: Lachie MillardSource:News Corp Australia

There are still about 70 fires burning across Queensland, with crews scrambling to put them out before a spike in temperature on Friday increases the threat of more blazes.

While there is no immediate threat from any of the fires, authorities have warned severe to extreme fire conditions could return over coming days.

The fire danger remains high today and is expected to climb to very high on Friday and Saturday.

“Be ready for the worst because this is going to be a very long season,” Queensland Fire and Emergency Services deputy commissioner Neil Gallant told ABC radio.

He urged residents to continue to be on guard as they head into warmer weather, with no rain expected in the coming week.

Exhausted fire crews will be able get a bit of reprieve as about 100 interstate firefighters arrive in Queensland to help fight the ongoing bushfires.

Mr Gallant said crews were grateful to their interstate colleagues for the support.

He also urged parents to talk about the serious consequences of playing with fire.

“The conditions are just so dangerous at the moment and anyone fooling with fire is crazy,” he said.

“I ask parents to talk to their children, make sure they know where their children are. With the school holidays not too far away that’s even more important.”

Along with the Peregian fire, authorities have revealed that nine other blazes in Queensland were deliberately lit.

Eight of the fires were allegedly lit by juveniles.