QUEENSLAND firefighters have spent a grueling day and night battling at least three three blazes amid high temperatures and dry conditions across the state.
The most challenging fire for emergency services was a large grass fire at Wivenhoe Pocket, which broke out on Monday afternoon.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services says 11 firefighting crews and water-bombing aircraft spent much of the day trying to bring the blaze under control.
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Seven crews were also building firebreaks and back-burning in an effort to contain a large bushfire in North Gregory, southwest of Bundaberg, while other crews were at Bluewater, northwest of Townsville.
Residents near Townsville were being urged to evacuate as the fast-moving bushfire threatened properties.
In Victoria, fire crews are also battle three fresh bushfires, including one that’s threatening a steel plant.
A fire at Tyabb, in Melbourne’s southeast, has 27 fire trucks on the scene trying to stop it getting into the steel plant.
A grass and scrub fire is also burning at Magpie, near Ballarat, and another one at Woodend, north of Melbourne.
A bushfire that destroyed a home in Wenselydale has been brought under control before the hot and windy weather expected on Tuesday.
The fire broke out in the Otway Ranges about 3pm on Monday and burned 10 hectares of bush before it was controlled in the evening.
High winds and a peak temperature of 35C are predicted on Tuesday across much of Victoria.