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Homes lost as fire danger continues in Qld

By AAP Newswire

Two massive bushfires that have destroyed houses, sheds and cars and forced thousands to flee their homes continue to rage in Queensland.

Fifty-five fires were burning in the state at one point on Sunday but the one causing the most trouble for firefighters was north of Rockhampton in the Yeppoon hinterland.

Two large blazes at Cobraball and Bungundarra became one enormous fire overnight sending people fleeing before it in cars and on horseback.

Livingstone Shire Council Mayor Bill Ludwig said the out of control blaze is the most dangerous and unpredictable fire the region had seen.

"It was an impossible night, unfortunately, we just had to let the fire burn and focus on getting people out of the way," he told AAP.

Mr Ludwig said the fire continues to challenge firefighters as it burns on multiple fronts in the windy conditions.

"There's a front heading to the north, two heading to the east in different locations and one heading to the south and another the west," he said.

"With no rain on the horizon, this is something that has to just play out."

Sixteen structures, including homes and sheds, were damaged or destroyed by the Cobraball fire late on Saturday and early on Sunday.

There has been no loss of life or reports of people missing.

On Sunday morning it was 14km long and 6km wide and bearing down on Adelaide Park with residents warned it was too late to leave.

Just after lunch it was racing towards Cobraball, Bungundarra, Maryvale and Lake Mary where residents were told to get out.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk warned Queenslanders the worst was not over.

"We are not out of the woods yet because there is going to be constant fire danger over the next week, right up until Friday, with Wednesday being a very serious day," she told reporters.

However, a light, humid seabreeze should assist firefighting efforts in coastal areas on Monday, the Bureau of Meteorology's Dean Narramore said.

"It will hopefully allow firefighters to get a bit of a handle on the fires," he said.

But later in the day, a fresh gustier sea breeze could challenge firefighters in the Yeppoon area.

Tuesday will see increasing northerly winds in the morning move toward the northwest later in the day and become moderate to gusty.,

Thousands of residents have been evacuated over the weekend due to fires, the most on Saturday from a huge fire at Cooroibah, north of Noosa, where an emergency zone remains.

The fire has razed parts of Cooroibah, Ringtail Creek, Tewantin, Noosa Banks and Noosa North Shore.

Tewantin residents have returned home on Saturday and people from Noosa North Shore, Noosa Banks and Daintree Park were allowed back on Sunday.

Some firefighters have suffered heat exhaustion, one broke a leg and another had an ankle injury.

One house has been lost at Cooroibah on the Sunshine Coast along with three sheds.

A state of fire emergency across 42 local government areas bans all outdoor fires and activities such as welding that can spark fires.

Bushfires also forced people out of their homes at Tarome in the Scenic Rim and Thornton in the Lockyer Valley.

Prepare to leave warnings remain in place late on Sunday for Clumber in the Scenic Rim Kilkivan and Jimna near Gympie and Lower Beechmont in the Gold Coast hinterland.