BREAKING, 2.30PM: A FIRE believed to be sparked by a spark from a welder has given residents in the Condavale Estate a scare this afternoon.

The blaze started in scrub behind a property on Condavale Dr, shortly after 1pm, and quickly spread through neighbouring properties - burning as close as 50m to homes.

Multiple fire crews, a water bomber and a fire spotting helicopter raced to the scene and were able to bring the fire under control.

One resident, who had the fire burning close to her home, said she was scared considering how dry conditions are.

"It's dry and it's bushy," she said.

Another said the fire took hold within seconds.

"It was a 10 minute burn," she said.

"It just took off real quick."

The fire jumped into a neighbouring paddock behind a Lyndhurst Lane home, with home owners racing out to evacuate horses from the paddock.

In other bushfire news a number of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES ) and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services (QPWS) crews are on scene at a bushfire burning 5km east of Moonie, north of Goondiwindi, near Crowders Creek Road.

The fire, which started on Tuesday, is currently not threatening any properties. Crews are working to contain the fire and aerial water bombing will be conducted this afternoon.

Queensland and NSW fire crews are also still on the scene of the fire off Cullendore Rd just over the NSW border south-east of Warwick.

A fire ban is now in place for the Southern Downs, Goondiwindi, Western Downs and Toowoomba, which will stay in place until at least midnight Tuesday.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Lee Johnson said severe fire conditions in these regions meant the weather was perfect for bushfires to ignite and spread quickly.

"Under a local fire ban all open fires are prohibited and all Permits to Light Fire which have been issued in the designated areas have been cancelled," Mr Johnson said.

Residents and travellers are asked to remain vigilant and report any bushfires in the area. If residents feel their property is under threat they are advised to call Triple Zero (000) immediately



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