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Nine homes lost to bushfires as Queensland hopes for calmer conditions

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Queensland firefighters are battling three major fires with 51 still burning across the state. Four homes have been lost so far.

Queensland's bushfire threat has eased with authorities scrambling to get on the front foot before conditions worsen again later this week.

Nine homes are confirmed lost in the latest fires, the fire service and the premier have confirmed. About a dozen other structures have also been lost.

A further eight homes have minor to moderate fire damage, five at Cobraball and three at Lower Beechmont in the Gold Coast hinterland. An estimates 11,000 hectares has also been burnt as firefighters battle the fires.  

Crews are continuing to fight three major fires across the state, including one that remains uncontained at Cobraball, southwest of Yeppoon in central Queensland.

Firefighters discuss tactics near fires at Lake Cooroibah Road.
Firefighters discuss tactics near fires at Lake Cooroibah Road.
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Fireys say 51 blazes are burning across Queensland, with three of major concern. 

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Assistant Commissioner Megan Stiffler says three homes were lost in that fire.

The second major blaze is at Cooroibah, on the Sunshine Coast, where one home was destroyed.

The third major blaze is at Thornton in the Lockyer Valley, west of Brisbane. The Thornton State School is closed on Monday.

Ms Stiffler says it's extremely lucky more homes have not been lost given the severity of the fires that have ravaged the state since last week.

But the danger is far from over, with westerly winds expected to pick up from Tuesday afternoon and into Wednesday.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says help is flowing to families who've lost their homes.

"Our primary focus is making sure they are ok. We have done damage assessments now and there will be personal hardship money for those that have been impacted," she told the Seven Network.

"We appreciate that New South Wales has extreme, going into catastrophic conditions over the next couple days, but in Queensland, we are holding up."

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