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‘Leave now’: Bushfires threatening homes across the state

Fast-moving fires also prompted “leave now” warnings for residents north of Brisbane in Narangba Heights, Narangba and Jarretts Road in Woodgate, between Bundaberg and Hervey Bay, earlier in the afternoon.

The Narangba blaze was travelling in an easterly direction from west of Alf Dobson Road and expected to affect properties between Schultz, Raynbird and Phillips roads before 4pm.

The fire was moving towards the Toowoomba bypass on Monday afternoon.

The fire was moving towards the Toowoomba bypass on Monday afternoon. Credit:QFES

By 5pm, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advised that the fire was contained.

A separate fire at Woodgate also threatened homes on Monday, with a “leave now” alert issued for Jarretts Road. This too was downgraded to a “stay informed” level at 4.20pm.

QFES had previously advised that fire was travelling in a north-westerly direction and expected to impact the area between Heidkes Road, the end of Jarretts Road, and the Gregory River.

“Fire crews are working with waterbombing aircraft to contain the fire but firefighters may not be able to protect every property,” the fire service said.

Earlier in the afternoon, residents at Birnam, a suburb nine kilometres north of the Toowoomba CBD, were told to prepare to flee their homes if flames came any closer.

The blaze was contained by 4.10pm, with crews continuing to monitor the situation.

Nearby residents were advised they might be affected by smoke haze throughout the evening.

The fire was burning near Old Goombungee Road and headed towards the Toowoomba Bypass, when the first warning was issued just before 1pm.

“Severe” fire danger warnings were in place on Monday for five districts including the Darling Downs region.

The Bureau of Meteorology said hot, dry winds ramped up fire danger warnings to “severe” in the Capricornia, Central Highlands and Coalfields, Darling Downs and Granite Belt, Wide Bay and Burnett, and South-east Coast districts.

“That is the worst fire weather; those hot, dry westerly winds,” forecaster David Crock said.

“That will make things challenging for firefighters today.”

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