Residents have been forewarned about the destruction they could face after some homes were lost, while others have been told they can check on their pets and collect medication.
The blaze that engulfed Stanthorpe has shown the southern Queensland bushfire season has come earlier than in any year on record, as dozens of fires burnt across Queensland.
There are about 50 fires burning around the state but a blaze at the border towns of Applethorpe and Stanthorpe and a fire in the Gold Coast hinterland are causing the most concern. We still have a couple of days to go before we have any respite in the weather.
Over a hundred fires were burning in the states of Queensland and New South Wales on Saturday, together with the country's weather agency calling small reprieve for firefighters as a result of dry conditions brought on by drought and little rainfall over the winter.
Sturgess said the risky spring fire conditions should be considered an "omen" or "warning" as to the damage bushfires may cause in the north eastern state over the summer months of December, January and February.
They were told to evacuate or follow their bushfire plan on Monday afternoon because a fast and unsafe fire was heading their way.
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On Monday the fire was burning on both sides of Binna Burra Rd, south of Summerville Rd, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said.
At least 17 homes were lost - 10 in Sarabah and seven in Stanthorpe - with one family flown to safety by helicopter after becoming trapped on their hinterland property.
Acting Queensland Premier Jackie Trad said the severe conditions could be attributed to climate change.
Some 20 attributes have been destroyed and a different 27 have been broken since the bushfire disaster started on Thursday, such as the historic Binna Burra Lodge.
"We appreciate this is a very hard time for everyone affected and we want them to know our government is here to support them with their recovery".
"The challenges for us will extend at least until Wednesday whilst we continue to have this dry westerly air mass ... and it's going to be a very long season for us ahead", he said.
State Disaster Coordinator Steve Gollschewski said police would be "relentless" in their search for the offender.