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Residents go home as Noosa blaze contained

By AAP Newswire

Firefighters have gained the upper hand on a massive bushfire that destroyed a home, sheds, cars and forced thousands to flee on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

More than 50 fires continue to burn across the state on Sunday, including the huge fire in the northern suburbs of Noosa, that is now burning within containment lines.

Noosa Mayor Tony Wellington said gusty northwesterly winds early on Sunday had caused the main firefront to flare up but a significant firefighting effort allowed crews to gain control late in the day.

"They threw masses of resources at it because they were very concerned it might impact on more houses," he told AAP.

"But they were able to hold it back, which is terrific."

Residents have now been allowed back into their homes, however they've been urged to remain vigilant.

Burned trees and smoke could be a hazard as people return home, authorities warned.

About 8000 people were evacuated from the area at the height of the blaze and a firefighter suffered a broken leg.

But no lives were lost and no other injuries were reported.

A light, humid seabreeze should assist continuing firefighting efforts in coastal areas on Monday, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

However, the winds that have stoked blaze over the weekend are set to worsen on Tuesday.