No reason to suspect tourists over fire

A RUMOUR tourists were responsible for sparking the recent wildfire on Fraser Island has been quashed by the Department of Environment and Resource Management.

A Fraser Coast resident contacted the Chronicle concerned the fire had been started by visitors to the island who had been using a barbecue.

However DERM's Rob Allan said the department had not heard the rumours and there was no evidence to suggest they were true.

Acacias and casuarinas have been burnt as a result of the fire which started at Figtree on Tuesday, September 22.

DERM estimates about 22,000 hectares were burnt from south of Dillingham's Road to Hook Point.



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