UPDATE: Afternoon deluge smothers Cooloola Coast fires
UPDATE Wednesday 8am:
FIRE crews will today return to the Cooloola Coast to monitor a fire that has been burning in the Great Sandy National Park since Saturday.
Moderate rainfall yesterday afternoon and overnight had eased conditions, a Queensland Fire and Rescue Services spokeswoman said this morning, and the fire was downgraded to a "general advice" level late yesterday.
Crews were stood down overnight, but at least one crew would return to the fire, that was burning in the Cooloola section of the park near Kings Bore Rd, the Western Break and Teewah Beach, today, the spokeswoman said.
Smoke may still affect parts of the Cooloola Coast.
The size of the fire was still unknown this morning.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service are yet to conform when surrounding camping grounds and walking tracks will be open to the public again.
EARLIER Tuesday 6pm:
THE bushfire burning in the Great Sandy National Park since Saturday was downgraded to a "general advice" level late this afternoon when storms dumped at least 30mm of rain on the Cooloola Coast.
Ten crews in total were still fighting the fire near Kings Bore Rd, the Western Break and Teewah Beach in the Cooloola section of the park as of a Queensland Fire and Emergency Service update at 5:25pm.
Crews faced a long Monday night alongside Queensland Parks and Wildlife officers backburning to strengthen and establish containment lines.
A QFES spokeswoman confirmed the afternoon deluge had helped "ease conditions" while the fire continued to burn within containment lines.
QFES advised nearby residents could still be affected by smoke haze in the area.
Neither authority could confirm how many hectares of forest had been burnt out or how close to the beach the flames reached, but an aircraft was most likely going to assess and map the extent of the fire yesterday.
Smoke was still heavily impacting surrounding areas, including Rainbow Beach Rd, Cooloola Cove and Tin Can Bay. Motorists in the area are advised to drive with caution and to conditions.
Camping areas and walking tracks within the park remain closed until further notice.