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Fraser Island Resort Bushfire Threat

Fraser Island Resort under threat from Bushfire
Fraser Island Resort under threat from Bushfire
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A large bushfire which had been threatening an island resort off the south-east Queensland coast has now been contained by fire crews who have established containment lines around the blaze.

They say the blaze no longer poses a threat to the Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island.

Four planes are attacking the fire from the air and 18 fire fighters are conducting back-burning in order to further reduce the danger posed by the bushfire.

Authorities say there are 500 people staying at the resort and about 50 of them needed to be moved from rooms closest to the fire front.

At this stage, one guest has been treated for smoke inhalation.

The fire broke out early last night on Kingfisher Bay Drive.

Authorities are now reassessing the fire threat across Queensland today after being placed on high alert throughout the weekend.

Gusty winds fanned outbreaks of fires from Gympie in the south east to Townsville in Queensland's north.

Resources were stretched in central Queensland where crews were battling more than 50 bush and grassfires.

Assistant fire commissioner Neil Gallant says dangerous weather conditions are expected to continue the risk of further oubreaks.

"There's a lot of vegetation out there - a lot of fuel," Mr Gallant said.

"In the last couple of days the wind and the weather has turned against us".

"The westerly winds that bring the gusts and the low humidity have caused this."

Mr Gallant says there has been substantial hazard reduction burning in the last couple of months.

"Unfortunately we obviously can't protect everywhere," he said.

One fire in the Gladstone area yesterday destroyed vineyards at the Gecko Valley winery.

Tony McRae says vines were lost but fire crews managed to save his home.

"It's 20 years of our life so it's a bit hard to think logically at the moment but we're certainly not giving up," he said.

"It's part of us so we will replant but we might do it in a slightly different way".

"If that area is going to be vulnerable from fires coming through maybe there's some other spot on the property that's a better place to replant."

Rural fire crews are also monitoring a fire burning in bushland between Rockhampton and Emu Park.

Five people were winched to safety yesterday afternoon at Stoney Creek after they became trapped by a bushfire north of Townsville.

Fire crews have also been back-burning throughout the night in an effort to contain a fire near the Flinders Highway, just outside Pentland, west of Charters Towers.

Brooke Lamont

Photo: Supplied

Date: 03/10/2011


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