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Warnings for a bushfire burning on Queensland’s Fraser Island have been downgraded to the advice level, as firefighters work to keep the blaze under control.

It comes after campers staying at Cathedrals on the island were ordered to evacuate the popular camping ground as a fierce fire moved from where it was burning north of Lake Bowarrady.

The fire burning on Fraser Island, which is believed to have been started by a camp fire.
media_cameraThe fire burning on Fraser Island, which is believed to have been started by a camp fire.

The blaze, which has been burning for a month, came within kilometres of the site on Cathedrals Beach.

The campsite is now closed.

According to most recent updates, a large bushfire near Lake Bowarrady is travelling south towards Happy Valley.

“People in the area will be affected by smoke, which will reduce visibility and air quality,” current warnings state.

“Properties are not under direct threat at this time.”

A photo from a camper asked to move on due to an approaching fire on Friday night. Picture: Facebook/Philip Pawsey
media_cameraA photo from a camper asked to move on due to an approaching fire on Friday night. Picture: Facebook/Philip Pawsey

Rural fire crews and Queensland Parks and Wildlife were fighting the blaze, which has moved 40km across the island since it was sparked.

Those remaining in the area are urged to monitor local radio and prepare to act on fire plans.

Originally published as Bushfire burning toward holiday spot

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