Fireys continue to tackle three blazes on Granite Belt
BLAZES continue to dog fireys in the Stanthorpe, Applethorpe and Ballandean areas this morning.
A bushfire is burning within containment lines in the Stanthorpe and Applethorpe area.
"Firefighters continue to strengthen and patrol containment lines. Crews will work to extinguish hot spots throughout the day," a Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said.
"Smoke will continue to be generated from this fire."
An exclusion zone remains in place for all non-local traffic.
This area is bounded by: Ellwood Road, Kelly Road and Allen Lane in the north; The New England Highway in the east, with the exception of Spiller Lane, Roessler Avenue, Ann Street and Sofia Lane; Amiens Road and McGrath Lane in the south; Plant Lane in the west.
Another fire continue to burn between Rees Road and Eukey Road, Ballandean.
Properties are not under direct threat at this time.
Firefighter efforts are focused around properties along Rees Road and Eukey Road.
Residents who have left can now return home, however caution should be used as there may be hazards in the area.
The Girraween National Park remains closed to the public.
Kimba Wong from the Bureau of Meteorology said winds today should ease off later this evening.
"Around the Stanthorpe area it's looking like there's still a bit of a breeze from the south-east," she said.
"Those winds might reach 20-25km/h this afternoon but be easing off through the evening and then be a fair bit lighter again tomorrow.
"The humidity in the area is on or around 40-50 per cent. That might dry out further this afternoon.
"Overnight there should be a fair bit of moisture returning to the surface - so that'll hopefully make recovery efforts easier over night."
Temperatures are likely to increase on Friday and we can expect a burst in south-westerly winds.
Fire danger ratings will go up further on Friday and Saturday to 'very high'.
Ms Wong said smoke haze will continue to blanket the area for most of the day but should ease tomorrow.