Forest fires in Australia - Archives
Forest fires in Australia - Archives

Australian police today called on residents of a World Heritage-listed seaside town on Fraser Island to evacuate their homes on Sunday as a forest fire approached.

The fire was sparked by an illegal fire in a camp seven weeks ago, and destroyed half of the island off australia's north-eastern coast, part of the Great Barrier Reef, famous for its tropical rainforests, sand dunes and lakes.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said on social media :"Leaving immediately is the safest option, as driving will be very dangerous soon." Anyone near Happy Valley must leave the area."

Last summer's wildfires on more than 37 million acres killed 33 people and killed nearly a billion animals, leading Prime Minister Scott Morrison to call last season "Black Summer".