Wildfire ravages national park

Wildfire ravages national park

16 January 2007

published by www.abc.net.au

Australia — The Rural Fire Brigade says fire has destroyed more than 23,000 hectares of national park near Bundaberg.

The wildfire, which is still burning, forced campers from the Kinkuna section of the Burrum Coast National Park over the weekend as firefighters struggled to contain the blaze.

Fire warden Marco Van Beelen says they were alerted to the fire on Friday morning.

“By the time we got to it we tried to stop it but it was too fierce, too dry,” he said.

“There was nothing we could do except control it at the outside containment lines, which we are still doing now.”

The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service say the fire has been contained within fire lines, but the national park will remain closed to visitors until at least next week.

The cause of the fire is still being investigated.

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