Queensland is bracing for severe fire danger as temperatures soar up to 10C above average in coming days.
Conditions are expected to worsen on Tuesday, with high to very high fire danger forecast and severe conditions expected mid-week.
There are 65 bushfires statewide, with an uncontrolled blaze at Cobraball in central Queensland that by Monday had destroyed eight homes and damaged five.
Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Vince Rowlands says hot, dry and windy conditions are expected to peak on Wednesday followed by a slight reprieve before picking up again at the weekend.
Winds could reach 40km/h during the next couple of days, bringing “tricky conditions” for firefighters as the winds change direction.
Much of the state is suffering “pretty poor air quality” due to smoke and Mr Rowlands says “we are not likely to see a complete removal of the smoke haze over the next few days”.
No significant rain is forecast for the next week and long-term predictions are for drier and warmer than average conditions.
People with respiratory conditions have been told to stay inside, with health authorities warning people to stay inside unless necessary.