Last night Main Beach campsites 1, 2 and 3 were destroyed by fire, showing the movement of campers yesterday has no doubt saved lives.
The fire ran 5km in seven hours last night driven by a wind change through the campsites. 900 people were moved from the beach yesterday through the astounding efforts of Straddie Camping Queensland Police Service, Redland SES Unit, Redland City Council, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services – QFESand Volunteer Marine Rescue volunteers.
The fire continues through the swamp and through the other campsites. Containment lines and substantial back burning occurred overnight.
There remains no danger to life and property at this time.
Efforts have been maximised today ahead of the forecast weekend weather to have the fire put out. Fire fighters from as far as Gympie are on Straddie preparing to work with us, state government agencies and Sibelco to bring this fire under total control.
The fire is far from over though – today’s efforts will be critical.