Fire crews and residents are fighting many spot fires
UPDATE: Firefighters are working to control spot fires around Baxters Rd in Sunshine Acres in an effort to prevent the bushfire flaring up again.
Wayne Ford, the firefighter in control of the site, said the fire was just vicious.
He said the region around Baxters Rd was the area urban and rural firefighters were most worried about.
Mr Ford said so far the wind was blowing in the right direction but if it changed, there were many unaffected paddocks that would be under threat.
He said he would give anything for two inches of rain because many firefighters were exhausted and worn out.
Mr Ford thanked families for giving up time with their loved ones during Christmas so they could fight the fire.
He also thanked property owners for being co-operative and allowing firefighters access to their resources to fight the fire.
Mr Ford said although earlier reports suggested the backyard rubbish fire that had been lit at the weekend had flared up, firefighters were fairly confident that fire had been extinguished and there were fears the current fire started under suspicious circumstances.
EARLIER: Fire crews are still monitoring the bushfire that caused the closure of the Hervey Bay-Maryborough Rd on Christmas afternoon.
"We had a four-wheel drive auxiliary two-man crew on watch overnight and they're still out there this morning," a Hervey Bay firefighter said.
"This fire is under control but it will be smoking for several days.
"And Black Swamp Creek is hard to access in all that paperbark, swampy country so we're keeping a very close watch on it."
The fire started on Saturday in Karinya Crt in Sunshine Acres when residents were burning rubbish in the yard and the fire got out of hand.
Fire crews were then able to contain the blaze.
But several rural crews and Maryborough fire command were called out on Tuesday when the fire sprung up again on Christmas morning and crossed the highway at Black Swamp Creek, causing police to close the road for more than five hours just before 1pm.
Just after 6.30pm, a Hervey Bay crew also went out to the fire to keep watch on surrounding houses.