North Stradbroke Island bushfire update: 4.05pm Tuesday 31 December 2013.

Approximately 900 campers at Main Beach, North Stradbroke Island, are being advised they need to evacuate by 4pm tomorrow due to predicted changes in weather conditions over the next two days that may result in increased smoke.


Alfred Martin Way (formerly Tazi Rd and also known as Trans Island Way) will re-open this afternoon for one way traffic from the beach and will remain open tomorrow until 5pm to allow campers to exist quickly from Main Beach.  It will be open for two way traffic from Dunwich up to and including Brown Lake, which is expected to reopen tomorrow.  Blue Lake will remain closed.  Drivers should have headlights on when driving on the road due to smoke and are asked to exercise caution.


National Parks and Wildlife and SES will assist campers to evacuate tomorrow.  There is also strictly no camping, (people or vehicles) allowed in the area south of the causeway on Main Beach due to fire danger until further notice.  Holiday makers who are not planning to camp at Main Beach are not affected and can continue to come to the island.


Redland City Council has organised a rest area at Dunwich Community Hall tomorrow from 10am.  Tea, coffee, refreshments and toilet facilities will be available at the hall for campers who have left their campsite and are waiting for a barge.  Stradbroke Ferries has been advised and have put on an extra barge and will do all they can to meet additional vehicular barge demand, however there may be delays.