Nearly 30 homes have been destroyed in bushfires which intensified in parts of Australia on Tuesday.

Fires in northern New South Wales (NSW) have been burning over the past few weeks.

In Queensland, fires forced people to evacuate from several towns on Tuesday.

Residents of Laidley, between Toowoomba and Brisbane, were allowed to return home on Wednesday after fire crews extinguished a blaze.

There are currently close to 40 ongoing bushfires across NSW and Queensland.

The fires have been boosted by the combination of a dry winter and a surge of hot air which have set new October temperature records in parts of NSW.

Forbes airport had a high of 38.3 Celsius on Sunday afternoon. By Monday, the heat shifted into Queensland.

Gatton, located

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