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Sunday 8th December 2019

The I’m A Celebrity campfire 'could be banned for the first time in history'

It's due to the bushfires that are sweeping parts of Australia

A pretty major aspect of the I'm A Celebrity camp could be banned for the first time in the show's history.

As we recently reported, Australia has been subjected to deadly bushfires over the last few weeks and one reportedly came within 10 kilometres of the camp.

The show bosses said they will "closely monitor" the fires ahead of the launch of the new series on Sunday.

The campfire could be banned for the first time in the show's history (Credit: ITV)

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The NSW Rural Fire Service has also been keeping locals updated on the fires and has imposed a strict fire ban until it becomes less intense.

Their website states: "Bush fires are more likely to spread and cause damage on days when the weather is very hot, dry and windy. These are usually on very high to extreme fire days.

In a Total Fire Ban no fire may be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.

"To reduce the risk of fires damaging or destroying life, property and the environment the NSW RFS Commissioner may declare a Total Fire Ban (TOBAN). In a Total Fire Ban no fire may be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended."

Bosses are apparently hoping the ban will be lifted before the series begins this weekend.

Series editor Olly Nash told the Mirror: "There are alternatives. They will still have to find a way to cook with power, there are a couple of scenarios we can go through.

The show bosses said they will "closely monitor" the fires ahead of the launch (Credit: ITV)

"They will still very much get the same food and it will be as awkward to cook. There will be no microwaves."

A show source told us: "We're monitoring the situation on an hourly basis and have contingencies in place for all eventualities."

A spokesperson for the programme added: "We are in constant contact with the NSW fire brigade and are closely monitoring the situation. The health and safety of all our production crew and celebrities are the utmost important."

It's been reported that four people have lost their lives as more than 70 fires sweep across the area.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison recently said the military could be called upon to support 1,300 firefighters who are fighting against the fires.

The 10 campmates who will enter the jungle this weekend (Credit: ITV)

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There have been fires nearby to camp in recent days, including at Lamington National Park (10km away) and a 2,200 hectares fire "out of control" at Mount Nardi National Park (20km).

On Sunday night, American TV star Caitlyn Jenner, former EastEnders actress Jacqueline Jossa, Good Morning Britain presenter Kate Garraway, Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle, former footballer Ian Wright, Rak-Su singer Myles Stephenson, radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts and comedian Andrew Maxwell will enter the jungle.

Former England rugby player James Haskell and capital radio DJ Roman Kemp will join them.

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