In some positive news this morning, cooler temperatures will begin to ease bushfire conditions across Queensland’s southeast corner from Wednesday, with forecasters even predicting rain by the end of the week.
Temperatures in the Lockyer Valley, west of Brisbane, reached 41C on Tuesday as gusty, westerly winds fanned a dangerous bushfire that threatened the township of Thornton.
Residents were told to evacuate as the blaze burned in a northerly direction from the Glen Rock National Park towards Main Camp Creek Road.
Residents at nearby Lefthand Branch have been on standby to leave if conditions deteriorate since Monday afternoon.
However there is some potential relief in sight.
The Bureau of Meteorology’s Senior Meteorologist Vince Rowlands said the fire danger in the southeast corner will drop from severe to very high on Wednesday as a cooler trough starts to push through.
He said some areas could even receive rain by Friday, with falls of up to 40mm possible on Saturday.
“There is potential there for some relatively good falls,” Mr Rowlands said.
However most of the state will remain tinder dry.
On Tuesday afternoon 20 fires were burning across Queensland.
Many of these fires were in central Queensland, where the temperatures are not expected to drop until Thursday.
One blaze was also threatening homes at The Ridge on the Darling Downs, while other fires were being monitored in the state’s north.