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Queensland BushFires: Footage Emerges Of Fires As Seen From Space

Hundreds of bush fires ravaged more than a million hectares of land in central and southern Queensland.

As thousands of Queenslanders begin returning to their homes in the wake of the devastating blazes, shocking footage has emerged of how the fires appeared from space.

Climate Council have released the footage, which was originally processed by the Bureau of Meteorology from a satellite operated by Japan's meteorological agency.

The footage shows the fires, burning in their hundreds, quickly progressing inland over time.

Climate Council, who will be publishing a report on the bushfire risk in Queensland early next year, said future fires will be more intense and last longer, as climate change continues to drive extreme weather events.

According to the council, eight of the state’s ten hottest years on record have occurred since 1998.

READ MORE: Queensland Bushfire Evacuees Head Home

The council is urging stronger climate change action to reduce bushfire risk, including reduction of greenhouse gases and removal of coal, oil and gas burning.

"We have the solutions at our disposal to tackle climate change, we need to accelerate the transition to renewables and storage technologies, and non-polluting transport, infrastructure, and food production," the council said in its preliminary findings.

READ MORE: Climate Change Directly Responsible For Some Extreme Weather Events: Study

The bushfire crisis which ravaged the state earlier this month saw the fire threat raised to "catastrophic" for the first time in Queensland, as a combination of very hot, dry conditions and gusty winds picked up flames, forcing tens of thousands to flee their homes.

At least one person died in the fires which scorched Central Queensland. A 21-year-old man battling flames on his family's property was killed when a tree fell and trapped him.

READ MORE: Man Dies During Queensland Bushfire Crisis

The federal government has backed an inquiry into the state's land clearing and management practices in the wake of the crisis.

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