Conditions Set To Intensify On Queensland Fire Grounds
Firefighters will make the most of a brief weather reprieve to strengthen containment lines as Queensland braces for worsening conditions.
More than 70 fires are burning across the state as firefighters work frantically to contain the risk with the fire threat is set to intensify on Friday.
Moist coastal winds will bring short-lived relief on Thursday before westerly winds dominate conditions the next day.
The weather bureau warns the westerlies will push extremely dry air back towards the coastal fringe.
"We would expect to see the maximum temperature quickly return to four-to-eight degrees above the November average on Friday and into the weekend," a spokeswoman said.
"When we combine that with the dry air, we expect to see elevated fire dangers once again as we head toward the weekend."
On Wednesday, 'leave now' warnings were issued for the Sunshine Coast, Kilkivan, at Woodgate, south of Bundaberg, and at Pechey near Toowoomba.
A large fire was also burning in difficult terrain near the five-star Spicers Peak Lodge on the Southern Downs.
There are several fires west of the Gold Coast, including in the Scenic Rim, and a blaze in Cobraball near Yeppoon in central Queensland continues to be of significant concern.
It has claimed 13 of the 14 houses lost in Queensland since late last week.