Thousands of people are displaced in Queensland as huge fires rage amid dangerous weather conditions that are expected to continue.
Fifty fires were burning on Saturday afternoon, with emergency warning levels for two blazes north of Noosa on the Sunshine Coast and another southwest of coastal Yeppoon.
A state of fire emergency has been declared across 42 local government areas, with dangerous conditions forecast to continue into next week.
Fire and Emergency Services acting Commissioner Mike Wassing said the declaration prohibits outdoor fires as well as welding, grinding and the use of oxyacetylene cutting or heating outdoors.
"We're experiencing tinder box-like conditions across much of the state and all it takes is one spark to start a fire that may burn for days," Mr Wassing said.
A disaster area has been declared at the Noosa fire that has destroyed a house and forced thousands to evacuate.
It is still so dangerous that police have warned people from Noosa Banks, Noosa North Shore and areas of Cooroibah and Ringtail Creek not to return.
But residents of Tewantin outside of the evacuation boundary were allowed home.
The fire is being fought on the ground and from the air as the evacuees shelter with friends or at evacuation centres.
Residents of Cobraball, southwest of Yeppoon in Central Queensland, were also told to leave immediately at 7.15pm, as a dangerous grass fire was "expected to have a significant impact on the community".
"Conditions are now very dangerous and firefighters may soon be unable to prevent the fire advancing," an emergency warning issued by the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services says.
Noosa MP Sandy Bolton said there was good cheer among evacuees in her area - and their animals - at one centre despite fears of losing homes.
"There's a huge amount of dogs and cats ... and they are all getting on," she told AAP.
The evacuees were tucking into donated prawns and pizza as they shared tales, she said.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said they would get appropriate counselling.
"Because when they actually have to suddenly get up and leave their home and belongings it can be very distressing," she said.
One firefighter has broken a leg but no other injuries have been reported.
Noosa mayor Tony Wellington said when the areas are eventually opened up, people will see how close the fires came to their homes.
"They'll be aware of what an incredible job the firefighting team did," he said.
The fire started at Cooroibah before jumping the river to Teewah, creeping towards Tewantin and Noosa North Shore.
Further to the south, residents were also told evacuate from near the Thornton bushfire in the Lockyer Valley.
People were also told to get out of the path of a bushfire at Tarome in the Scenic Rim.
Scenic Rim mayor Greg Christensen said it was far from over in his region that also battled huge blazes at the start of the fire season.
"It has been a long 24 hours, and things remain volatile," he said.
He said it could be weeks before some are out in the rugged bushland.
A statewide fire ban is in place for forests and national parks.
Dangerous conditions across the Scenic Rim and much of the southeast moved north into central Queensland late on Saturday.
Conditions are expected to ease on Monday but flare up again on Tuesday.
Australian Associated Press