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Grassfire! 7000 people flee Australia’s largest theme park

November 11, 2013 Attraction, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Grassfire! It could be the name of a new theme-park thrill ride, but on Saturday it was for real. Over 7000 people fled Dreamworld, Australia’s biggest theme park, after a nearby grassfire took hold and sent an ominous plume of smoke over the fun park, known for its spine-tingling, heart-pumping attractions.

The fire, which started at the weekend around nearby Coomera, covered about four hectares. Dreamworld covers about 85 hectares. Nearby WhiteWater World at Coomera (Temple of Huey, Cave of Waves, Wiggle Bay, Pipeline Plunge) was also evacuated, the Age newspaper reported.Twitterpic of the grassfire

A Dreamworld spokeswoman said guests and zoo animals, which include prized Bengal tiger cubs Baru and Ravi, were evacuated as a precaution. Dreamworld’s Tiger Island, one of the world’s biggest interactive tiger facilities, houses two species of tigers, Bengals and Sumatrans.

Eight fire crews were sent to contain the fast-moving grassfire as it headed towards Dreamworld, the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service told the Brisbane Times.

Visitors said smoke started drifting into the park, prompting rides to close one-by-one.

Dreamworld houses screamers like the Tower of Terror, as well as the Big Brother House. But nothing was damaged at the theme park – it was just smoke.

The Big Brother House will open to Dreamworld guests on Saturday 16 November. Guests are invited to tour the Big Brother House and check out the camera runs which capture all the live action inside the house .

Written by Peter Needham

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