A bushfire burns on North Stradbroke Island.
A bushfire burns on North Stradbroke Island. Queensland Fire and Rescue Service

Stradbroke Island fire burns through abandoned campsites

A BUSHFIRE burned through campsites on North Stradbroke Island only hours after holidaymakers were evacuated on Wednesday.

Firefighters managed to contain the blaze overnight, but fear it may flare up again.

Fire crews worked around the clock on Wednesday night after the blaze jumped containment lines and reached  campsites near 18 Mile Swamp, only hours after holidaymakers were evacuated.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Superintendent Arthur Torrance said the fire tore across bushland at 18 Mile Swamp and reached the campgrounds in five hours.

"The fire went from a few metres an hour to seven kilometres in five hours, that's how fast it was," he said.

Read more at brisbanetimes.com.au 



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