Crews continuing to monitor the blaze near Springfield
UPDATE 3PM: Multiple fire crews are continuing to monitor the fire at Greenbank near Springfield.
According to the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) crews are currently working in the Greenbank area while the School Rd and the Centenary Hwy in Redbank Plains are also being monitored.
QFRS said while no homes are threatened by the fires volunteer community educators are doorknocking in these areas to provide residents with advice and assistance.
A community information session will be held tonight at the Greenbank Community Centre from 7pm.
11:30AM: Firefighters are warning motorists to drive carefully in the area west of Boonah, where a bushfire has been burning for several days.
Three crews remain at the scene of the fire in Little Mt Edwards, where they are conducting back-burning along Lake Moogerah Rd to protect houses.
There is no threat direct threat to properties at this stage, however the fire is causing a considerable smoke haze in the area.
Motorists are advised to drive with caution and be aware of fire crews in the area.
Residents are advised to keep their doors and windows closed and if they are susceptible to respiratory illnesses, keep their medication close by.
10AM: The region's firefighters are battling on as several large bushfires continue to burn around Ipswich.
Five rural crews combined their resources with National Parks and Seqwater to protect several homes in the Moogerah area last night.
A massive fire is burning out of control at Little Mt Edwards, near Boonah, where firefighters have been back burning in an effort to protect properties.
In the Lockyer Valley, a fire which has already burnt 20,000 hectares of Lockyer State Forest near Grantham is still burning.
Crews are working to protect houses in the area south of the State Forest.
An investigation will be conducted in an effort to establish the cause of another bushfire at Black Duck Creek, near Gatton.
The fire has already claimed a National Parks vehicle and trailer.
There are fears the fire will converge with another blaze in the Goomburra State Forest.
There is some good news closer to Ipswich, with the fire that has threatened homes in Springfield and Redbank Plains for the last week now under control.
Firefighters will remain in the area for the next two days to ensure it does not reignite.
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- Residents in bushfire-affected areas are urged to monitor their properties and, if they believe their home is under threat, to phone 000 immediately
- Residents in these areas are advised to keep their doors and windows closed and, if they are susceptible to respiratory illnesses, to keep their medication close by
- Regular updated information will be provided on the QFRS website at ruralfire.qld.gov.au or at fire.qld.gov.au
Giant bushfire destroys 4000 hectares
2AM: Residents at Springfield, Grantham and Moogerah were placed on alert yesterday as strong winds continued to propel dozens of massive bushfires.
The blazes that have been menacing Greenbank, Springfield and Redbank Plains over the past week have merged, requiring multiple crews of firefighters to keep close watch over School Rd and the Centenary Hwy at Redbank Plains.
There were also firefighters using heavy equipment to protect homes along Bellbird Dve, Platypus Dve and Goldfinch Ct at nearby Greenbank.
The total area that has been burned out was estimated to have surpassed 4000 hectares.
Greenbank mum Jo Christiaans said fires had been continually flaring up over the past 11 days.
"On Wednesday we woke up and the fire was 10m from our fence line, it was quite scary," she said.
"At one point I was about to leave, I had bags packed but my husband checked how the fire was going and the rural firies had it under control."
Meanwhile, several rural brigades were pooled together to fight two separate fires at Moogerah, west of Boonah.
The fires at Wild Cattle Ck and Greville St burned through more than 1000 hectares by midday yesterday, spreading into inaccessible terrain at Little Mt Edwards.
A QFRS spokeswoman said the fire at Greville St was of more concern to firefighters, with the possibility that increasing winds could push the flames toward houses. Residents who were potentially at risk were placed on high alert yesterday afternoon.
The warning was extended to residents at Grantham, where fires have been burning in the Lockyer State Forest since last weekend.
Five crews were at the scene early in the morning with more crews set to respond if required.
Back burning operations began in the afternoon between Sandy Creek Rd, Grantham and Seventeen Mile Rd, Helidon, with containment lines being strengthened on Seventeen Mile Rd.
A large grassfire was also reported near Esk-Hampton Rd at Redbank Creek, near Esk, yesterday.