Urgent evacuation order as bushfire rages through Fraser Island

Campers have been ordered to evacuate a heritage-listed Queensland island as multiple blazes rage with two fire warnings issued.

For more than six weeks Fraser Island has been troubled by fires and the latest blaze has resulted in a “Leave Now” order issued to campers at Cathedrals on Fraser.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services say there’s the bushfire “conditions are getting worse” near Cathedrals at Fraser Island.

Fires have been burning on Fraser Island since late September. This fire (above) was burning in the last week of October. Picture: News Regional MediaSource:News Regional Media

The dingo-fenced camping ground has self-catering cabins, permanent canvas tents, powered and unpowered campsites and is sheltered behind the dunes 6 km north of the famous Maheno Shipwreck.

The fire is travelling from north of Lake Bowarrady, in the vicinity of Awinya Road, south towards Cathedrals on Fraser.

It is expected to impact the camping ground by dusk and have a significant impact on the community, QFES says.

The “Leave Now” advice was the second warning issued in an hour on Saturday.

Just before 1.30pm the QFES also released a “Stay Informed” advice for a large bushfire travelling from north of Lake Bowarrady in the vicinity of Awinya Road south towards Happy Valley.

“People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality,” QFES said in a statement.

“Properties are not under direct threat at this time.”

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