Queensland Government Orders 'Full Review' of Bushfire That Burned Half of Fraser Island

Queensland’s Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced a full review on Wednesday, December 2, of a raging fire that has burned half of Fraser Island.

“It’s understandable for those who love the island want to be assured that everything that could be done to protect it has and is being done,” said Palaszczuk. “That’s why I can confirm that the Inspector General Emergency Management has been instructed to conduct a full review.”

The review will involve the examination of “all aspects of preparedness and response.”

Residents and staff at Fraser Island’s Kingfisher Bay Resort and Village were urged to prepare to leave on Tuesday, December 1, as the fire reached more than 80,000 hectares.

A heatwave warning is in place for the island as the fire may worsen.

The island was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1992. Credit: QLD Fire & Emergency Services via Storyful