Campers have been evacuated from two popular camping spots on Fraser Island after a bushfire broke out on the island’s north side.
The blaze was first reported on Wednesday about 1.20pm in a remote section of swamp between Ngkala Rocks and Orange Creek.
Early indications suggest it was started after an illegal campfire was not extinguished properly, a Department of Environment and Science spokeswoman said.
Rural firies and National Park crews were containing the fire, which was moving in a north-westerly direction, through Wednesday afternoon, the Fraser Coast Chronicle reports.
Rangers moved campers out of the nearby Ocean Lake and Duling beach camping zones as a precaution but a DES spokeswoman said there was no immediate risk to property or life.
“As the fire is burning within swampy country, it is putting out a lot of smoke,” the spokeswoman said.
“Visibility and air quality on the island will be impacted as a result.”
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers are currently monitoring the fire.
Campfires are not permitted outside of designated fireplaces on Fraser Island – also known as K’gari – to prevent such fires from breaking out.
The DES spokeswoman said people needed to ensure they were doing the right thing and remain vigilant when managing and extinguishing campfires.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have also issued warnings to drone operators who fly their drones near major blazes, after firies battled with a large bushfire in the Scenic Rim region earlier this week.