World news – African Union – Fraser Island forest fire approaches the town after a fire started by an illegal campfire


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Vacationers and residents have been told to leave Fraser Island town as a’ dangerous forest fire ‘approaches.

A departure order has been issued now this afternoon for the cathedrals in Fraser where a month-old forest fire neared..

Queensland parks and wildlife rangers are searching for the campers who are believed to have started the major wildfires that have broken out over 25,000 hectares of the island’s national park..

The fire forced the evacuation of 10 camping areas and a guard station on the World Heritage-listed island.

Jack Worcester, store and camp manager in the cathedrals in Fraser, said the sky was orange as the fire approached.

“A fair amount of ash fell. « We have collected and cleaned the gutters to prepare. ».

Mr Worcester said the bushfires burned « all the way to the sand » in some parts of the north..

Ms O’Connor said: « Initial indications are that the fire started after an illegal fire was not properly extinguished. ».

“The public has been generous in sharing information regarding the causes of this fire and investigations are ongoing.

It started at the northern tip of the island and moved northwest across the island.

Changes in the winds have pushed it southward over the past two weeks, traveling more than 40 kilometers down the island.

Firefighters prepared to support containment lines around the beach town of Orchid, and the Dundubara Ranger Station and camping area have since come under threat as well..

No campfire is permitted on Fraser Island unless there is a campfire ring at Dundubara or Waddy Point campfire.

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World News – African Union – Fraser Island forest fire approaches town after a fire started with illegal campfires


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