Threatened and vulnerable species at Green Cape headland have lost several acres of heathland habitat following a fire which broke out on Friday.
Crews promptly responded to the fire, which was reported at 11am just before westerly winds peaked at 63 kilometres an hour.
National Parks and Wildlife Services manager Stephen Dovey said the fire ignited in the lee side of the peninsula and was not a threat to the 130-yearold heritage lighthouse and maritime precinct.
“We are concerned that someone was camping on a track that was not legal access and caused a fire which was potentially a threat to the public given it was school holidays,” he said.
“Fires are allowed in designated areas of national parks but that was not one of them.”
He said the fire burnt very hot and will affect the habitat of some threatened species.
“That area is home to animals like ground parrots and tiger quolls so it’s important to keep it protected,” he said.
“Access to that area will be closed, but there will be alternative route to the shore.”