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Stradbroke fire still burning after storms

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Severe thunderstorms have drenched North Stradbroke Island but a large blaze is still burning and the sandy terrain is likely to dry out quickly.

A band of storms dumped about 60mm of rain on the island as it swept over southeast Queensland on Monday evening.

But the Department of Community Safety says the rain has offered only a brief respite for firefighters.

Spokeswoman Liane Henderson says the blaze is still burning and the sandy terrain, although drenched overnight, will likely dry out quickly.

“We may have had that rain, but by no means does that get us out of the woods,” she told AAP via telephone from the island.

“A lot of people think that just because we’ve had 60mm of rain the fire is out, it’s not, it’s still going. Well and truly.”

Eight rural fire crews were working to put out embers and spot fires on Tuesday morning, with helicopters on reconnaissance flights to map the main fire front.

The Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting temperatures in the late 20s and early 30s until next week.

About 14,000 hectares of bushland has been burnt in the fire, which was started by a lightning strike nine days ago.

The blaze is not currently threatening any homes or lives, but it prompted the evacuation of about 900 campers on New Year’s Day.