The fire burning on Fraser Island.
The fire burning on Fraser Island.

FIRE UPDATE: List of closures, water bombers on standby

UPDATE: SUNDAY, Noon 

A MONTH-long fire burning on Fraser Island continues to be monitored. 

This fire has been burning in remote and largely inaccessible parts of the island.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service is monitoring the fire and has crews on site and says the fire currently poses no threat to life or property.

It has not damaged any infrastructure however, as the fire is morning 1.2km north of Cathderals, the campground and Pippies Backpackers were closed as a precaution. 

A QPWS spokeswoman confirmed planning was underway to commence backburning around Cathedral Beach and water bombing aircraft were on standby if required.

She said the majority of the island, including popular visitor sites, remains open. The impact on visitors, beyond smoke and visibility issues, is minimal. Some sites previously closed have already reopened.

Smoke will impact townships and campsites along the island's eastern beach over the coming days. Beach drivers should exercise caution when traversing the eastern beach.

Smoke is visible from the mainland, particularly in communities and towns to the south, including Rainbow Beach, however, this will change when the wind direction changes.

Visitors to the island should monitor

Park Alerts and Queensland Fire and Emergency Service advice over the coming days.

QPWS rangers are preparing firelines around the townships of Happy Valley and Cathedrals.

Early indications suggest the fire was started after an illegal campfire was not extinguished properly.

"The fire has burnt as far north as Rooney's Point and nearly as far south as Dundubara Campground (currently closed to the public). This is a distance of 40 kilometers as the crow flies," the spokeswoman said

"A QPWS Incident Management Team is actively managing the situation and has the necessary trained fire personnel and fire equipment at its disposal. This includes multiple crews on the ground each day.

A person who fails to extinguish a campfire properly can face fines of up to $22,019.

There are a number of campgrounds that have been closed due to the fire activity.

The following national park camping areas and roads are temporarily closed:


  • Bowal, Awinya, Bowarrady and Woralie camping areas;


  • Beach Camping Zones 6 (Eugarie, Yurru, Guruman) and 7 (Wyuna and Burad);


  • Dundubara camping area;


  • Awinya and Platypus Bay Roads;


  • Wungul / Bowarrady walking tracks; and

 

  • Western beach between Woralie Road and Towoi Creek

All camping permits for closed areas are being transferred to alternative camping areas wherever practical.

The following is a list of reopened camping areas and tracks:



  • Wathumba camping area;


  • Beach Camping Zone 8 (Duling, Ocean Lake and Marloo); and


  • Wathumba Road.

Reminder visitors to the island should check the park alerts page for the latest status of open and closed campgrounds and roads.

For more information, visit:https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/park-alerts

UPDATE: 

The Leave Now warning has been downgraded to advice. 

The Cathedrals on Fraser campground, which was subject to a Leave Now warning remains closed. 

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) is urging locals and visitors to keep up to date and decide what actions they will take if the situation changes.

A large bushfire continues to burn near Lake Bowarrady and is travelling in a southerly direction towards Happy Valley.

Travelers are advised to check the QPWS website for updates and travel advice as other camping grounds and roads in the area may be closed.

People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

Properties are not under direct threat at this time. Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you or your property is under threat.

EARLIER:

A WARNING is in place for a fire burning near Cathedrals at Fraser Island where conditions are getting worse.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services is urging those in the area to follow their bushfire survival plan now.

"If you do not have a plan, your safest option is to leave now if it is clear to do so. If you are not in the area, do not return, as conditions are too dangerous.

"Currently as at 12.25pm Saturday 14 November a dangerous fire is travelling from north of Lake Bowarrady in the vicinity of Awinya Road, south towards Cathedrals on Fraser.

"It is expected to impact Cathedrals on Fraser in the next 4-6 hours. The fire could have a significant impact on the community."

Residents and visitors are asked to leave via Maheno Beach and travel south toward Happy Valley.

There is a separate bushfire warning issued for residents and visitors of Happy Valley where people are being urged to monitor the situation to the north and take action if conditions get worse.

Fire crews are working to contain the fire but firefighters may not be able to protect every property.

You should not expect a firefighter at your door.

Power, water, and mobile phone service may be lost.

People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality.

Call Triple Zero (000) immediately if you believe you are under threat.

What you should do at Happy Valley

• Listen to your local radio station or visit the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website for regular updates.

• If you have a bushfire survival plan, refer to it now and be ready to follow it.

• If you do not have a bushfire survival plan, or if your plan is to leave, identify where you will go if the situation changes.

• Close windows and doors to minimise smoke exposure.

• If you suffer from a respiratory condition, keep your medication close by.

• Drive with caution in low visibility conditions.

• Contact your neighbours to see if they need help preparing for the bushfire.

• Consider finding your essential items (e.g., identification documents, prescription medication, food and water, and protective clothing such as a long-sleeved cotton shirt and trousers, and boots) in case you need to leave.

• Consider what you will do to protect your pets and livestock.

• Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.

• Advise family and friends of your intended actions if the situation changes.

KEEP UP TO DATE BY:

• Following QFES on Facebook (@QldFireandEmergencyServices) and Twitter (@QldFES)

• Staying tuned to your local radio station. Find your local ABC radio station at https://radio.abc.net.au/help/offline and your local commercial radio station at http://www.commercialradio.com.au/find-a-station/queensland;

• Visiting the Rural Fire Service (RFS) website at www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/map

FURTHER INFORMATION:

• For bushfire preparation tips, visit the RFS website: www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/BushFire_Safety

• For more information on parks closures visit www.parks.des.qld.gov.au/park-alerts

• For information about road closures, call 13 19 40 or visit www.qldtraffic.qld.gov.au



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