Campers evacuated as bushfire burns on Australia's Bribie Island

2013-01-09 06:57:21 GMT2013-01-09 14:57:21(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

BRISBANE, Australia, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- Camp grounds are being evacuated as a bushfire continues to burn on Bribie Island north of Brisbane in Australia's Queensland, authorities said on Wednesday.

Police say all camp grounds on the island are being closed as firefighters battle the blaze.

The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) is advising residents on Bribie Island to finalize their bushfire plans and prepare for a bushfire in their area.

The QFRS said a number of bushfires were located in Bribie Island National Park on Wednesday afternoon.

"The fires are traveling in a northerly direction and are expected to impact the areas surrounding White Patch Esplanade, including Toowa Street, Horace Street, Coondiba Street, Ethel Street, Hilda Street, Maud Street and Charles Street in the next six to 24 hours," a QFRS watch and act message said.

Currently, 16 fire crews are working to contain the blaze and no properties are under fire threat at this stage.

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