Sunshine Coast residents whose homes were threatened by a volatile bushfire are not out of the woods yet.

Dozens of crews battled a blaze that forced evacuations on Wednesday at Peregian Springs, Lake Weyba and Weyba Downs, near Noosa.

Residents were allowed to return home on Wednesday night after water bombers were called in.

But the fire is still not under control, with people told to be ready to leave again.

Early on Thursday the fire was moving northwest near Peregian Springs Drive, the Sunshine Motorway, Doonan Bridge Road North and Grays Road.

The Peregian Springs area has been hit hard by fires, with some residents forced to evacuate for the third time in as many months.

An evacuation centre is open at the Coolum Civic Centre at Coolum Beach.


Another dangerous fire continues to burn on multiple fronts at Lowmead near Gladstone.

Some residents also fled that blaze on Wednesday, with reports some buildings may have been lost and three people taken to hospital in a stable condition.

Firefighters will continue to work with heavy machinery and water bombing aircraft to contain the fire on Thursday.

A very high fire danger warning is in place on Thursday for the Wide Bay and Burnett region, the Darling Downs and Granite Belt, the central highlands and coalfields, and the northern goldfields and upper Flinders regions.

That will worsen to severe on Friday for the Darling Downs and Granite Belt, and central highlands and coalfields.

A heatwave which has gripped the country has made conditions very tough for firefighters, who battled through Australia’s hottest recorded day on Tuesday.