Campsites evacuated as fires burn in Karijini National Park

Campsites evacuated as fires burn in Karijini National Park

30 January 2010

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Australia — FIRE crews are fighting several blazes at Karijini National Park, with a number of people evacuated from campsites overnight.

A bushfire advice has been issued for people within or travelling to Karijini National Park due to the fires that were started by lightning strikes last night.

The Department of Environment and Conservation evacuated seven campsites at the Dales Gorge camping ground as a safety precaution.

The fires are not currently threatening lives or property, however the eastern side of Karijini National Park including Dales Gorge Camping and Day use areas, Fortescue Falls and Circular Pool sites will remain closed until declared safe.

Visitors to the park need to keep up to date in case the situation changes.

The DEC are advising people within the area to be aware of the fires and avoid sites to the east of the visitor centre. The visitor centre remains open and camping is available at the Karijini Eco retreat site.

The fires are small and have burned only a couple of hectares so far.

No major roads are closed but motorists are asked to avoid the eastern side of the park if possible, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.

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