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Extreme Qld conditions inflame fire risk

High winds across southeast Queensland have fanned a number of bushfires, causing rail cancellations and sending furniture flying off buildings.

Residents of Biarra near Esk, northwest of Brisbane, are the latest to be on high alert, with wind gusts of up to 75 km/h causing a fresh blaze to rocket through bushland on Thursday.

A fire in the Glasshouse Mountains to the north of Brisbane damaged Queensland Rail infrastructure, with all services on the Sunshine Coast line suspended for the rest of Thursday.

QR organised buses to ferry passengers between Caboolture and Landsborough and a train shuttle service between Nambour and Landsborough stations.

A separate fire nearby closed Steve Irwin Way for a period with fire crews conducting damping-down works there.

Firefighters were also working to contain a vegetation fire at Bracken Ridge north of Brisbane which wasn't threatening homes.

The blazes came as a total fire ban for the southern part of Queensland remained in effect on Thursday until midnight.

Fire bans on all islands in Moreton Bay will be extended from midnight on Friday until October 2 ahead of the spring school holidays.

Permits previously issued for visitors to North Stradbroke, South Stradbroke, Moreton, Russell, MacLeay, Lamb, Karragarra, Peel and Coochiemudlo islands have been cancelled.

Rural Fire Service rural operations director James Haig said weather conditions were increasing the threat of a bushfire starting and spreading.

Queensland state school holidays start on September 16.

"I understand the local fire ban may inconvenience families visiting these popular spots during the school holiday period, but this is not a decision we have taken lightly," he said.

"All holidaymakers should plan ahead for this and make sure they have appropriate cooking alternatives in place to comply with the ban."

Visitors to the islands are still able to use properly constructed barbecues but they must be monitored at all times.

The strong winds also caused trouble on the Gold Coast, where a table flew off a highrise at Broadbeach and shattered a glass awning at a street-level shopping precinct.

The strong winds are expected to weaken over Thursday evening but warm, dry conditions are expected to last until the weekend.

© AAP 2017

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