'Leave Now' Orders As Queensland Bushfires Worsen
Strong winds and high temperatures have tested exhausted firefighters battling more than 110 blazes across central Queensland.
On Sunday night, more than 160 firefighting crews were battling the blazes, with bushfires at Deepwater and Eungella, in central Queensland, Tinnanbar, on the Fraser Coast, Karara, near Warwick in the state's south, and North Stradbroke Island of most concern.
Residents in the Captain Creek area, west of Agnes Water, were told to prepare to leave on Sunday night as an unpredictable bushfire was moving southeast towards the region.
To the south, evacuated residents in the Winfield area, south of Baffle Creek, were advised they could return home on Sunday night as the Deepwater blaze no longer threatened their properties.
And further west, Lowmead residents were told the immediate threat to their homes had passed and they could return home to their rural community.
East of Brisbane, a bushfire on North Stradbroke Island's east coast, near Main Beach, was not threatening homes, however changing wind conditions late on Sunday were expected to push smoke and embers towards the mainland.
These wind changes are expected to cause spotting and blow smoke over to Russell Island and MacLeay Island.
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Bruce Gunn, the Bureau of Meteorology's state manager for Queensland, told reporters on Sunday night that severe thunderstorms were expected around the coastal area by the time the wind heads north on Monday afternoon to the Capricornia and Wide Bay area.
If a severe thunderstorm interacts with a fire it can have unpredictable consequences and so it was important to remain vigilant, he said.