Emerald residents return after bushfire evacuations

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Residents in a rural town in central Queensland have been told they can return to their homes after earlier being told to leave immediately over the risk of a fast-moving bushfire.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services issued the warning to leave to residents of Emerald about 1.15pm on Sunday, saying the warning area covered homes along Selma Rd between Emerald and Fairbairn Dam Rd.

The QFES updated the warning advice on Sunday evening, telling residents the fire near Fairbairn State Forest was burning in containment lines, and that they could return with caution.

"Watch out for burnt trees, hot embers on the ground and fallen powerlines," the warning said.

"Some roads could be closed because of fallen trees, branches or powerlines, and some places have no power."

Firefighting aircraft were used to help crews on the ground contain the fire, which was downgraded to advice level.

People are urged to be careful around damaged infrastructure, and be aware smoke could linger for several days.

Another fire burning near Julago, close to Townsville, further north in the state, had prompted authorities to tell people to be ready to evacuate.

The warning area covers properties on Dawn Street, Sunnyside Street and Coast Road, with a fast-moving fire burning near Sunnyside Street.

The fire is being contained but residents are urged to be prepared if conditions worsen.

There are also warnings in place for a blaze further south at Beerwah on the Sunshine Coast, with a fire in the Glass House Mountains National Park.

No properties are at risk but residents are advised to stay informed.

The NSW RFS spent the day battling a grass fire in the Hunter region.

One house was evacuated at Neath and Cessnock Road was closed as crews brought the fire under control.

Hot conditions are expected in NSW and Queensland for the next few days, with the risk of winds increasing from Monday.