Thunderstorms to bring much-needed relief from fire danger

THE severe fire danger in Queensland's west should ease by mid-week as thunderstorms and rain bring moister air.

But for now the dry southerly winds, up to 40kmh, are keeping firefighters on high alert until at least Wednesday.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Rick Threlfall said a cool change had already swept through south-east Queensland on Monday bringing temperatures back under 30 for Tuesday.

He said the bureau was expecting clouds, rain and thunderstorms through much of the state in coming days which should see temperatures return to January averages - mid 30s through most of the state and lower 30s in the east coast.

Fifteen Queensland Fire and Rescue Service officers remained at the scene of a large fast-moving bushfire at Millstream, west of Innisfail on the northern Queensland coast, on Monday evening.

Firefighters also have been tending to a bushfire burning in an inaccessible area at Tin Can Bay, north of the Sunshine Coast, since Saturday.

Other crews spent much of Monday at a bushfire burning in the Corio Bay Fish Habitat Reserve, near Yeppoon, conducting backburning operations.