Monday, January 9, 2012

Heat and wind fan Moreton bushfire, Australia

A bushfire that has been burning for several days on an island off Brisbane has been escalated by strong winds and high temperatures and is threatening several campsites.

Campers on northeast Moreton Island are on alert as the blaze burns towards the eastern beach, fanned by strong, variable northerlies.

The bushfire has burned 1600 hectares of the popular tourist destination since Thursday, when a vehicle fire sparked the blaze.

Rain subdued the flames over the weekend but Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) acting regional manager Anthony Contarino said Monday's conditions, including hot, gusty winds, had fanned the flames.

"QPWS and Queensland Police are notifying campers in northeastern campsites that they may need to relocate," he said in a statement.

Mr Contarino said there was no immediate threat to property but that Tangalooma Resort was likely to be affected by smoke. Source