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FIRE BRIEFING | More Than 50 Fires Burning Across Qld


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More than 50 fires are burning across Queensland on Wednesday as emergency services crews and authorities brace for a rise in temperatures and wind gusts ahead of a cold front.

Around 170 crews are on the ground where there are active bushfires.

A Leave Immediately (Emergency Warning) alert has been issued for a new blaze which has sparked at Noosa North Shore on Wednesday and a Leave Now warning is current for a bushfire at Woodgate south of Bundaberg.

Warnings in Central Queensland for the blazes at Cobraball and Adelaide Park have been lowered to Stay Informed.

Additional QFES staff from Tasmania arrived overnight and others are coming from New Zealand.

During Wednesday's Disaster Briefing, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk paid tribute to the emergency crews and QPWS staff who backburned over 1 million hectares of land ahead of this bushfire season.

The Premier stressed "now is the time not to be complacent" she urged us to continue to listen to the authorities as the conditions are of concern, especially the South Burnett, Scenic Rim and the south east of the state.

She also paid tribute to a Firefighter from the Kenilworth Station who has been injured while fighting the fires.

Victoria Dodds from the Bureau of Meteorology said we still have Severe Fire Danger warnings across the state.

She said conditions will be hot, dry and windy "In some places, temperatures are going to be six to eight degrees above average and this is all ahead of a wind change and it's that wind change today [Wednesday] that is adding some real complexity to the forecast and it will make conditions really challenging for our Firefighters on the ground".

She said "We've got a south westerly cold front that is moving in and we've also got a south easterly change...[that] has been moving up from New South Wales overnight, this morning into the Coolangatta area".

The Sunshine Coast will be impacted by this change on Wednesday afternoon. She said the wind change has the potential to generate thunderstorms, but the air is really dry which means there won't be much rain. Ms Dodds warned lightning is a possibility and the Bureau will be monitoring that as 'dry lightning' can spark new fires.

She said we can also expect to see the smoke haze increase.

Ms Dodds said the Climate Outlook toward the end of the year suggests we will see the continuation of hot and dry conditions, "So there's not any significant rainfall on the horizon".

By Michelle Brewer