People in a Fraser Island hamlet are being urged to leave immediately as a dangerous bushfire bears down on their community.
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services on Monday evening warned people in The Oakes to evacuate via Eastern Beach as soon as possible.
People at the Kingfisher Bay resort and village on the island have also been told to prepare to leave in a watch and act warning as a nearby fire threatens to get worse.
The large blaze, which has already burnt half the world heritage-listed island, was on Monday evening burning south towards The Oakes. Earlier emergency alerts were issued on Monday for Yidney Rocks and Happy Valley.
Those still in The Oakes should follow their bushfire survival plan, QFES said.
“Leaving immediately is the safest option, as it will soon be too dangerous to drive,” QFES said in a statement on Monday evening.
“Any persons in the vicinity of The Oakes should leave the area heading to the Eastern Beach and head south to Eurong Resort.
“Conditions are now very dangerous and firefighters may soon be unable to prevent the fire advancing. The fire may pose a threat to all lives directly in its path.”
At Happy Valley, flames were less than 700m away at noon on Monday.
About 90 firefighters and 24 water-bombing aircraft are trying to beat back the fire, which is burning in three areas across Fraser Island
QFES director Brian Cox earlier said backburning around Happy Valley’s outskirts and continuous waterbombing would hopefully turn the tide.
He warned that heatwave conditions are set to persist in the “tinder-dry environment” all week.
Those at Kingfisher Bay resort and village were warned a fire to the east of the resort could quickly worsen and threaten properties so they should be ready to leave.
The NSW Rural Fire Service large air tanker, the Marie Bashir, is helping with water-bombing efforts on the island.
“We are preparing for the worst type of thing and we’re going to try to hit it with everything we have got today, we are pulling out all stops,” Mr Cox told ABC TV.
“We hope that the million litres of water we dropped yesterday will again be dropped today on that particular township area, and can hopefully save that town.”
Conservationist Cheryl Bryant took a charter flight over the island to survey the animal populations and fire damage on Monday.
The Save Fraser Island Dingoes spokeswoman painted a bleak picture, saying there were no signs of life in burnt-out areas.
“It’s still an unknown and we’re hoping that there will be an inquiry, and we’re hoping that thing that will let people over on the island, and to assess what what animals still are surviving,” she told Seven News.
“We would have liked to have seen … animals and especially the dingoes around the beach but at this time of the day, it is pretty difficult because they’re not likely to be out and about.”
The fire on Fraser Island, also known as K’gari, has been burning since mid-October.