Two men have admitted they were responsible for an illegal campfire, which sparked a devastating inferno on Queensland’s Fraser Island.
But Liam Cheshire and Dominic McGahan have escaped a criminal conviction and instead were slapped with a fine.
The pair did not appear in person but entered written guilty pleas in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Thursday.
They were among four men and a teenager camping on the World Heritage-listed island’s Eastern Beach on October 14.
They started a campfire which they attempted to extinguish with sand.
However, it kept smouldering after they left the camp site.
The fire caught surrounding bushland which led to a blaze which burned for two months.
It also destroyed more than 87 thousand hectares of the…