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Queensland crews battle multiple blazes

White Patch Fire on Bribie Island with helicopters bombing. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News
White Patch Fire on Bribie Island with helicopters bombing. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News Vicki Wood

FIREFIGHTERS are continuing to battle for control over large bushfires burning throughout Queensland amid sweltering temperatures.

About 14 Queensland Fire and Rescue and volunteer crews were at Bribie Island and Tin Can Bay, north of the Sunshine Coast, attempting to bring two blazes under control.

On Bribie Island, more than 200 campers were evacuated as the slow moving blaze approached populated areas.

A watch-and-act warning was issued to residents at White Patch urging them to activate their bushfire plans.

The fire started on a private plantation but jumped containment lines, QFRS rural operations Assistant Commissioner Neil Gallant said.

"The fire is moving towards built-up areas but it is not a raging type fire," he said.

"There are no properties under threat but it is something that will create a lot of smoke over the next few days."

Despite the relative humidity playing their favour, the hot temperatures, above 30 degrees in south-east Queensland and up to 40 in the State's west, created difficult conditions for the fire fighters.

"For the rural firefighters out there in the middle of the day, it's very hard work," Mr Gallant said.

A fire at Tin Can Bay started on an army shooting range last Friday.

Mr Gallant said containment lines were in place.

He warned that the dangerous conditions were forecast to continue.

"We are faced with well above average temperatures throughout the weekend and we are preparing for that to be the case," he said.

The risk is worse in south-west Queensland which faces an extreme fire danger

Water bombers managed to save a homestead at Thargomindah on Wednesday morning.

The blaze near the property was sparked by a lightening strike.

The Bureau of Meteorology forecast isolated showers for south-east Queensland on Thursday but the hot temperatures will remain - with 36 degrees forecast for Ipswich and 33 for the Sunshine Coast.

Griffith University Asia Pacific Centre for Sustainable Enterprise deputy director Professor Jeremy Williams said the rising temperatures were a sign of more to come.

"It makes me smile, in a dark way, when I hear people talking about how climate change will affect their children and their children's children," he said.

"Climate change is here now. If it is 42 degrees in Hobart, there is something seriously wrong."

To keep up to date on fires go to http://qldalert.com/.

Topics:  bribie island, fires, tin can bay



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