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Australia Residents on Fraser Island issued urgent warning as bushfire worsens

07:50  05 december  2020
07:50  05 december  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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An urgent fire alert has been issued to residents on Fraser Island as a blaze bears down on a resort. Residents at Kingfisher Bay Resort and Village are told to 'prepare to leave'. Fire continues to burn seven weeks after it was sparked by an illegal campfire.

Several fires have raged on Fraser Island since mid-October and on Wednesday Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the inspector of general emergency management would PREPARE TO LEAVE: Kingfisher Bay Resort and Village (part of the K’gari, Fraser Island bushfire ) as at 7.45am Wed 2 Dec.

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An urgent fire alert has been issued to residents on Fraser Island as a blaze bears down on a resort.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advised residents at Kingfisher Bay Resort and Village to 'prepare to leave' on Saturday amid fears 'conditions could get worse'.

The fire is burning dangerously close to the resort on the world-heritage-listed national park and residents in the area must be ready to follow their bushfire survival plan.

'If you do not have a plan, or intend to leave, you should be ready to leave the area because the situation could get worse quickly,' QFES said.

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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian fire crews are battling massive bushfires on Fraser Island , the world's largest sand island , which have been burning for six Several guests were ferried off the island , also known by its indigenous name K'gari, on Tuesday as weather conditions worsened , Australian media

While some Fraser Island residents have blasted the fire response, saying the action was slow and the environment grossly mismanaged over the years, Ms Palaszczuk came out strong. “That is actually not correct because they’ve actually done more backburning on Fraser Island over the past year than

a sunset over a fire: An urgent fire alert has been issued to residents on Fraser Island as a blaze bears down on a resort © Provided by Daily Mail An urgent fire alert has been issued to residents on Fraser Island as a blaze bears down on a resort clouds in front of a mountain: The blaze is thought to have been started by an illegal campfire on October 14 © Provided by Daily Mail The blaze is thought to have been started by an illegal campfire on October 14

QFES said the fire was around Dundonga Creek, east of Kingfisher Bay Resort and Village, through to Cornwells Road in the south, at about 9.15am.

There are firefighters battling the blaze on the ground, who will be supported by a waterbombing aircraft.

'Multiple fire crews are working to contain the fire but firefighters may not be able to protect every property,' QFES warned.

'You should not expect a firefighter at your door.'

Those in the area have also been warned of smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

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‘Very high fire danger’ in Queensland as Fraser Island inferno worsens . Authorities fear the devastating fires ripping across Fraser Tourists were forced to evacuate after the bushfire , which has been burning out of control for six weeks, came dangerously close to the island ’s biggest resort.


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A separate fire warning for the remainder of Fraser Island remains.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advised residents at Kingfisher Bay Resort and Village to 'prepare to leave' on Saturday amid fears 'conditions could get worse'. Pictured: Fraser Island is seen on November 30 © Provided by Daily Mail Queensland Fire and Emergency Services advised residents at Kingfisher Bay Resort and Village to 'prepare to leave' on Saturday amid fears 'conditions could get worse'. Pictured: Fraser Island is seen on November 30 a steam train on a track with smoke coming out of it: Smoke rises as the fire continues to engulf Fraser Island on Tuesday (pictured) © Provided by Daily Mail Smoke rises as the fire continues to engulf Fraser Island on Tuesday (pictured)

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the response to the blaze will be reviewed, after it destroyed more than half the island.

The fire continues to burn seven weeks after it was sparked by an illegal campfire, which continues to be investigated.

'The sight of it burning is so painful,' Ms Palaszczuk told parliament on Wednesday.

'It's understandable that those who love the island want to be assured that everything that could be done to protect it has and is being done.

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Residents warned it's 'too late to leave' parts of Australia's Victoria state as fires rage. Tens of thousands of residents and people on vacation were urged to evacuate Sunday, as authorities had Fire and rescue personnel monitor a bushfire as it burns near homes on the outskirts of Bilpin on

Extreme fire danger warnings have been issued for southern, south-east and central Queensland. A fire destroyed a house in the state’s far north on Thursday. The BoM also issued an extreme fire danger warning for the north coast, New England and northern slopes regions on Friday.

'That is why I can confirm the inspector-general emergency management has been instructed to conduct a full review.

a truck driving down a dirt road: There are firefighters battling the blaze on the ground, who will be supported by a waterbombing aircraft © Provided by Daily Mail There are firefighters battling the blaze on the ground, who will be supported by a waterbombing aircraft

'He will examine all aspects of preparedness and response.'

QFES took over management of the fire from the national park's ranger service last Friday.

It immediately ordered tourists to stay away from the island, closing access to all except residents and essential workers.

Visitors already on the island have been told to stay close to campsites and avoid inland tracks and roads.

Fraser Island - also named K'gari -  is about 250km north of Brisbane and is the world's largest sand island at 123km long.

a woman standing next to a body of water: Fraser Island - also named K'gari - is about 250km north of Brisbane and is the world's largest sand island at 123km long. Pictured: Two visitors enjoy the island before the bushfires © Provided by Daily Mail Fraser Island - also named K'gari - is about 250km north of Brisbane and is the world's largest sand island at 123km long. Pictured: Two visitors enjoy the island before the bushfires Read more

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