A fire ban has been put in place across southeast Queensland with dry conditions and intense winds increasing the risk of bushfires.
The 24-hour prohibition for Thursday comes as much of the state faces very high and severe fire danger ratings, prompting Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Superintendent James Haig to warm people to prepare for serious bushfires.
"Large pockets of south-east Queensland are experiencing some of the driest conditions in more than 20 years," he said.
Intense winds gusting up to 75km/h are expected on Thursday, Supt Haig said.
"A fire that starts under these conditions has the potential to rapidly spread, threaten lives and properties and be difficult to contain," he said.
Meanwhile, the QFES is keeping a close eye on two fires in the Fraser Coast region and has spent days shoring up containment lines and backburning, assisted by water-bombing helicopters.
Authorities urge people to check regularly for fire updates and prepare themselves in case the fire alert level is raised.