Residents of Queensland, Australia, are being told to leave their homes immediately as more than 130 bushfires burn their way across the Queensland. Over 8,000 residents of Gracemere are being evacuated to nearby Rockhampton, as the bushfire rapidly makes its way towards home, schools and businesses.

The bushfire, which started this weekend, has already destroyed several properties and is reported to be moving at an alarming rate due to strong winds, dry terrain and record-high temperatures.

Some residents are choosing to ignore requests to evacuate, despite being directly in the path of the fire.

Although bushfires are not uncommon in Australia, it is unusual for Queensland’s to be affected this late in the year as November is predominantly known for its wet weather.

Fire crews are working tirelessly to battle the inferno and specialist aircraft carriers have been called in to release water onto the fire from above. More crews are expected to reach the area today to help control the blaze.

The fire’s danger warning will remain at ‘catastrophic’, the highest is has ever been.

As the unpredictable bushfire burns across more of Queensland officials are warning people to not panic and to make their way as far away from the fire as possible.

It is not yet known the status of nearby airports, but it can be assumed flights are grounded due to poor visibility and safety. People due to travel to Queensland should check with their airline before heading to the airport.

Those wishing to cancel their holiday, and who booked through a travel agent or tour operator, should speak with the booking company to make alternative arrangement. People who booked their holiday themselves should check to see if their travel insurance policy offers cover for Force Majeure. Read more on that here.