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.