Residents in Woodgate, south of Bundaberg in Queensland, have been told to leave as a nearby bushfire worsens.

A fast-moving grass fire near Jarretts Road is travelling northwest, and is expected to impact the area between Heidkes Road to the end of Jarretts Road, bordered by the Gregory River.

Firefighters say the blaze could have a significant impact on the community. Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have contained a blaze burning at Ravensbourne, north of Toowoomba.

Emergency services earlier issued a prepare to leave warning for residents living near the fire.

“It is now safe for residents to return to the area, however, part of Ravensbourne Tip Road will remain closed overnight,” QFES said on Monday night.

“People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality. Properties are not under direct threat at this time.”

Dry and windy conditions have seen the fire danger rating classed as severe in parts of southern Queensland, as more than 50 fires burn across the state.

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Brisbane meteorologist David Crock said the weather on Monday is a repeat of the conditions experienced four or five times since the start of the fire season in September.

“That combination of hot, dry and windy weather is the worst fire weather that we see, so the fire agencies and firefighters are certainly up against it today,” Mr Crock said.

The severe fire danger warning is in place on Monday for the South East Coast, Wide Bay and Burnett region, Darling Downs and Granite Belt, Capricornia and Central Highlands and Coalfields.

High temperatures are expected in far north Queensland early this week before pushing south, bringing maximums of around 40C in areas like the Lockyer Valley and Scenic Rim by the end of the week.

The Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast could experience temperatures of 35C, while in Brisbane it could reach 37C on Friday.

Mr Crock said fire dangers were expected to remain very high, possibly reaching severe again in some parts of southern Queensland for the rest of the week.

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There is little sign of rain with the climate outlook suggesting drier than average conditions in December and probably into January as well, Mr Crock said.

 

AAP