Firefighters are battling a bushfire close to homes near the Queensland south coast.

Up to 12 rural and urban crews were working to protect houses and put in firebreaks and backburns to contain the blaze near the Fraser Coast on Tuesday.

They were trying to stop the blaze reaching a nearby state forest, Queensland Fire & Rescue Service spokeswoman Nicole Dobbin told AAP.

Changeable winds had not made it easy for firefighters but by about 4pm (AEST) they had the fire "pretty much contained", reducing the threat to homes on Honeyeater Drive, she said.

Residents had hoses out and were moving animals to safety, Ms Dobbin said.

They have been advised to close doors and windows, and motorists are urged to exercise caution because of low visibility.

The fire had grown considerably since it broke out before noon (AEST) on Tuesday, on Maryborough Hervey Bay Road.

Part of the road has been closed and a smoke hazard warning has been issued.

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