A large blaze on Queensland’s Darling Downs is expected to reach homes on Friday evening.

A large blaze is moving towards homes on Queensland’s Darling Downs, with firefighters telling locals to prepare for evacuation.

Four water bombing aircraft and 15 fire crews are battling the bushfire that’s burning near the Gore Highway at The Pines, about 120km west of Toowoomba.

The fire has burnt about 400 hectares of land and is moving slowly in a north easterly direction.

Firefighters are warning those living in the vicinity of The Pines to flee, with the fire expected to reach homes at Paddy’s Creek Road and Pine Ridge Road between 4.40pm (AEST) and 8.40pm (AEST) Friday.

“Residents are strongly advised to be prepared to relocate to a safer area if required,” the latest Queensland Fire and Rescue Service alert says.

“Currently, 15 fire crews are working to contain the blaze but firefighters may not be able to protect every affected property and residents should not expect a firefighter at their door.”

Those wanting to evacuate have been advised to go to the Millmerran Sports Centre on Commens Street at Millmerran.

The fire took hold on Thursday, south of the town, and at one stage threatened homes in the Wattle Ridge area.

Crews were able to contain it but not before it destroyed a van and a shed.

Smoke is still affecting the areas of Flamingo Road, Rosella Road, Peacock Road, Boondindilla Road.