Humidity dampens the risk of fires

FIREFIGHTERS say the Sunshine Coast has come off lightly this bushfire season.

While the fire danger skyrockets in the southern states and authorities are on high alert, the Coast remains on a low to moderate fire danger rating.

The hot and sticky conditions across the region may not be pleasant, but firefighters say the humidity works to lessen the bushfire risk.

Queensland Rural Fire Service training support officer Andrew Allan said when there was a mix of high temperatures, low humidity and wind, fires emerged.

"While the humidity is high, there is a lot of moisture in the atmosphere, which isn't conducive to bushfires," he said.

"While the weather is uncomfortable right now, it's not a real fire danger."

South Australians and Victorians are facing the worst bushfire conditions so far this summer, with strong winds and temperatures soar above 40C in many locations.

South-east Queensland has seen the worst of its fire season, with a break for crews before preventative back-burning starts again in autumn.

Mr Allan said the Coast had come off largely unscathed this season.

"I think that was because of a combination of great hazard-reduction burning in strategic locations and the fact it was not an intense season," he said.

At the season's peak, firefighters spent a week in late October tackling a blaze at Diamond Valley.