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Wind change to stop fanning Fraser Island fire


Firefighters are hoping a change in wind conditions will help in their fight against a massive blaze on Fraser Island.

The fire has been burning for more than a month, ripping through more than 30,000 kilometres of bushland and animal habitat.

Campers who started an illegal fire and didn't put it out properly are being blamed. People who start illegal fires face fines of up to $22,000.

The fire has been burning in a remote area on the island, stretching from as far north as Bool Creek and down to Coomboo Lake.

The situation, however, escalated and campgrounds evacuated on Saturday, November 14.

Water bombing planes got called in to help on Tuesday, but couldn't get to the fire due to poor visibility with intense smoke blanketing the skies.

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Better weather conditions

But there is hope a south-easterly wind change on Wednesday morning will make it easier for firefighters.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Director Mick Cubis says authorities are working on a plan to utilise more favourable weather conditions.

"The incident management team has aerial surveillance being undertaken this morning and will formulate further plans for management over the coming days," Mr Cubis says.