The Australian Fire Service (AFS) said it was not yet sure how long the blaze would continue to burn.
“We are just at the point where we are hoping the wind will give us some hope that we can have a bit of some wind,” Assistant Commissioner Andy Edwards said.
“But I do have to warn people that it’s not a pleasant time for the fires in the north-east, particularly the bushfires.”
He said the fire was “not just a fire that’s burning in the bushland and it’s getting worse”.
“It’s burning out in the city and in the suburbs,” he said.
The fire started in the northern city of Maroochydore on Friday night.
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