1000 evacuated from North Straddie as fire burns
MORE than 1000 campers have had their holiday plans cut short after being evacuated from North Stradbroke Island because of a large bushfire burning in the area.
The mass evacuation of holiday makers was ordered on New Year's Eve as a precaution ahead of weather changes and searing temperatures predicted for the coming days.
Stradbroke Island representatives notified all campers located in the Blue Lakes and Main Beach camping grounds of the planned evacuation.
National Parks and Wildlife, State Emergency Services, Queensland Police and Redland City Council officers assisted with the evacuations today after authorities said the island would remain closed until the fire threat had passed.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews remain on scene as the large, slow moving vegetation fire on the eastern end of Alfred Martin Way (formerly Tazi Rd and also known as Trans Island Rd) continues to burn.
It is believed lightning strikes started the fire after a severe storm passed over the island earlier in the week.