December 2nd that a bushfire was hit on Fraser Island, a tourist resort in Queensland, Australia. At present, the fire has lasted for six weeks, invading more than 76,000 hectares of land, accounting for almost half of the island. Firefighters are still trying their best to stop the spread of the fire.
Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world. It is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its unique forests and natural beauty. However, the Queensland Fire Department said that the natural structure of Fraser Island has caused difficulties for the island’s firefighters to put out the fire.
It is reported that the fire was caused by a campfire. Mike Wassing, deputy director of Queensfire and emergency services, said, “I think it’s frustrating for everyone.”
“The situation remains unpredictable and can change rapidly.” Australia’s emergency services department said in a statement, saying that tourists and staff should be ready to leave at any time. On December 1, due to the deterioration of weather conditions, some tourists have left Fraser Island on a ferry.
At present, Australia is suffering from the heat wave. The Australian Meteorological Agency predicts that on the 2nd, there will be a strong heat wave inland areas of Queens, and the temperature is expected to be well above 40 degrees Celsius, but the weather in the coastal areas will be cooler due to the sea breeze.
Between late 2019 and early 2020, there were several severe wildfires in Australia, killing 33 people.