Beloved Coast icon suffers ‘significant’ fire damage in blaze
One of the Gold Coast's most beloved hinterland lodges has been gutted by the savage fire which has so far claimed 11 homes.
Earlier this morning the Scenic Rim Regional Council Disaster Management team detailed the devastating loss to the 86-year-old building.
The building had been evacuated on Friday afternoon and the road closed, except to emergency services.
Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen told media that "this fire has continued to show a mind of its own and early this morning it crept into the Binna Burra Resort and there has been significant structural loss.
"And that is further compounded by the challenge of what we said yesterday that the road is significantly compounded with trees coming down as well as the wind coming up being a continued corridor of risk, even for firefighters who believe it is unsafe to even get in without the risk of getting trapped.
"Whilst QFES are doing a great job of getting defence in place, the reality is we (have the) structural loss that occurred and potentially much more loss.
"The great news is that we continue to enjoy the outcome of no loss of life."
Assistant Commissioner Kev Walsh said that the difficult accessibility of Binna Burra made the fight to save the lodge far more dangerous.
"We have had some structural loss at Binna Burra Lodge unfortunately, accessibility continues to be a major problem for us in this location, it's a very dangerous and dynamic situation up there at the moment," he said.
"The main problem with the lodge is there's just one road in and one road out, we had crews in close vicinty last night but they couldn't make entry to the grounds, it's a very skinny road and surrounded by huge trees. A lot of the trees have been burnt out so any type of wind we've got huge trees falling across the road, it's an incredibly dangerous situation.
"We had to withdraw some resources, we were unable to get any type of appliance into that location just due to the danger involved at the moment.
"We do have some air assets up there trying to make an impact on the fire but because they are structural fires, the effect of this will have to be monitored. It will be marginal at best.
"It is evolving hour by hour. We still have a couple of days to go before we have any respite in the weather. But the fire continues to be impacted by very unpredictable winds...
"The clear message today is to contain the fire but it is uncontrolled at the moment."
Binna Burra Lodge, a heritage-listed building, opened in 1933 when naturalists Romeo Lahey and Arthur Groom founded the hinterland spot in December, the same month Surfers Paradise was named.
Residents are being urged to be prepared, stay calm and act promptly when being directed to leave.