A LOCAL fire ban remains in place across southeast Queensland, including the Gold Coast, as the bushfire risk continues to soar.
Dozens of fire crews spent the night battling two large grass fires burning near two major highways in Queensland.
The first fire broke out on open grazing land at Coominya, near Wivenhoe Dam, around 1.35am on Monday.
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The Rural Fire Service says the blaze is travelling from Hay Road toward the Brisbane Valley Highway.
“People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality,” they said in a statement
Qld Fire and Rescue confirmed properties are not under threat and crews are working to extinguish the flames.
🔥SMOKE ALERT🔥: Crews battling multiple grass fires burning along the Brisbane Valley Highway between TOOGOOLAWAH, GLEN ESK and COOMINYA: https://t.co/wc3qXYQkya
— Qld Fire & Emergency (@QldFES) August 19, 2018
Meanwhile, a second grass fire is also burning at Glen Esk.
“Currently as at 1.40am Monday 20 August, a bushfire is burning in open grazing land and travelling from the Brisbane Valley Highway toward Paddy Gully Road,” the Rural Fire Service said in a statement.
Residents in the area are being warned they may be affected by smoke, however houses are not under direct threat.
Queensland Ambulance crews remain on standby for firies at the scene. Two people have been assessed at each location, however did not require further treatment.
The local fire ban kicked in at midnight last Wednesday and is expected to remain in place until 11.59pm tonight.
The ban takes in the Ipswich, Somerset, Lockyer, Logan, Scenic Rim and Gold Coast Local Government Areas.