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Qld set for catastrophic fire conditions

Regional Queenslanders are on edge in areas where catastrophic bushfire conditions are forecast because their communities are so hard hit by drought that many dams are dry.

Catastrophic fire dangers are forecast for the Darling Downs, Granite Belt, and Maranoa and Warrego areas on Friday.

Water tankers are pre-positioned and residents have been warned not to use any equipment outside for fear of sparking scrub fires in the bone dry landscape.

"It's not looking good for tomorrow," says Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie.

"It's a difficult situation because there's no water, there's no water in many local dams and little water in house tanks."

Cr Dobie says residents are ready to leave town earlier than they usually would if fires take off and firefighters are ready to "throw absolutely everything at anything tomorrow".

Thursday began with 29 significant fires burning across the state. The worst were around the Gold Coast and Scenic Rim areas with residents at Sarabah told to prepare to leave in case conditions worsen.

A large fast-moving bushfire at Biboohra in northern Queensland also prompted a warning for people to be ready to follow their bushfire plan and leave if they felt unsafe.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the bureau has predicted conditions will deteriorate significantly in southern Queensland on Friday as a trough approaches from the west.

"At the moment the fire weather forecast for Friday is unprecedented for this time of year," she said.

Parts of the southwest and southeast Queensland including the southeast coast are predicted to have severe or extreme fire conditions with some localised conditions possibly reaching catastrophic.

"And of course those areas are around the Gold Coast hinterland, the Darling Downs, the granite belt," she said.

If a catastrophic rating is issued, it will be the second time in the state -- the first was in last year's devastating bushfires in Central Queensland.

The premier assured people emergency services were well prepared and aircraft were on standby.

But she said they must listen to fire authorities and heed their advice.

"Conditions are really dry and the conditions that we are expecting tomorrow could be severe, so I need everyone to be listening and be ready to act," she said.

"That's got a lot to do with the extended period of drought plus the strong heat conditions that we are seeing for this time of year."

Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Livio Regano says it is the worst start to the bushfire season he knows of.

"We have never had fire dangers this high this early in the year," he told AAP.

"It is one to be reckoned with, it is a very concerning situation."

Bureau senior meteorologist Peter Otto says the fires will be quite difficult to control over large parts of south east quarter of Queensland before a cooler change comes in later on Friday and Saturday.

None of big fires burning on Thursday were threatening communities.

© AAP 2019