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Fire crews battle 30-kilometre inferno as Tasmanian reinforcements called in

Firefighters continue to battle almost 50 blazes across the state, with the main concern focused near the central Queensland town of Yeppoon where crews are stretched along a 30-kilometre firefront.

The combination of smoke from Queensland and NSW fires has been fanned by winds and covered large parts of the state in an eerie smoke haze, including much of the south-east.

Monday has been described as bringing "the best conditions of the week" for firefighters, with 48 bushfires still burning and 17 structures, including four homes, damaged or destroyed.

Three of those were lost in the Cobraball blaze still burning out of control near Yeppoon. About 11,000 hectares of land has been blackened and 25 people remain in the local evacuation centre.

Firefighter Allan Gadsby has been posting regular video updates to his Facebook profile, which is believed to show he and his colleagues battling massive flames from the Cobraball fire.

Firefighters from Tasmania have been mobilised to relieve exhausted Queensland crews, but on Monday afternoon no evacuation orders were current. The most serious was "prepare to leave".

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Monday criticised the federal government after she had previously requested an extra $11 million in funding to secure more waterbombing aircraft, which was knocked back.

She told ABC News that support for Queensland firefighters battling the dozens of blazes across the state was "not being as forthcoming" as she would have liked.

"We are as prepared as we can be ... I have written to the Prime Minister in the past about trying to increase that national water fleet [and] that aerial surveillance that we need," Ms Palaszczuk said.

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"Of course, the priority at the moment is New South Wales and we have enough waterbombing equipment in Queensland.

"I do think what this is showing is that when you do have these fire emergencies across two large states, and thankfully there is nothing happening in Victoria, we do need to have a national response to these issues as well."

Meteorologist Dean Narramore said the smoke haze showed no signs of dispersing any time soon.

"We have widespread smoke in south-east Queensland, with east-south-easterly winds dragged from fires in NSW and south-east Queensland as well," he said.

"The smoke should hang around for most of the day before a north-easterly wind change later today and the winds should clear the smoke tomorrow."

A smoke haze blankets Brisbane CBD on Monday morning.

A smoke haze blankets Brisbane CBD on Monday morning.Credit:Twitter - @minimadclaire

Mr Narramore said a sea breeze would hamper firefighting efforts near the coast, but in general, more forgiving conditions presented a key opportunity for firefighters across the state.

"Conditions will be the best of the week, with light to moderate winds expected," he said.

"These light to moderate winds should allow firefighters to get a handle on the fires before conditions deteriorate on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"There is a dry, hot week ahead with the chance of a shower or storm only next weekend."

Fire crews continue to fight three major fires including one still uncontained at Cobraball, south-west of Yeppoon in central Queensland, where several homes were lost.

One home that couldn’t be saved in Cobraball near the central Queensland town of Yeppoon at the weekend.

One home that couldn’t be saved in Cobraball near the central Queensland town of Yeppoon at the weekend.Credit:Brianna Scully - Nine News

The second major blaze is at Cooroibah, on the Sunshine Coast, where one home was destroyed. Residents forced to evacuate at the height of that fire have been allowed to return home.

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