Two coastal blazes leaving Gympie covered in smoke haze

UPDATE 7am: A SMOKE haze remains over Gympie this morning, the result of a wind change delivering smoke from two fires burning on the region's coast. 

Rural Fire Service firefighter Ted Uebergang said there were fires burning on Fraser Island and the Cooloola National Park, as of last night. 

"There is one at Kings Bore which is South of Double Island Point and another one that was started by a lightning strike... to the southern part of Fraser Island," Mr Uebergang said.

He said the Fraser Island fire has been burning since December 1. 

"Both of these fires are putting up large volumes of smoke at this time," Mr Uebergang said.

"Gympie and surrounds have been blanketed by the smoke for the last 48 hours.

"If residents suffer from a respiratory condition they should close their doors and windows and keep medication close by."

 

THURSDAY 6pm: A SHIFT in the wind has left Gympie covered in a haze of smoke from a fire on Fraser Island which has been blazing for two weeks.

According to emergency services, the fire has been fuelled by a number of areas on the southern tip of the island which have not been burned for years.

The fire is under control, and the Rural Fire Service is advising affected residents to keep their windows and doors closed, and to have medication close by if you suffer from a respiratory disease.

Gympie Times


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