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I'm A Celebrity bosses ‘on red alert as deadly bushfires threaten launch of new series’

The new series begins this coming weekend

Bosses of I'm A Celebrity are "closely monitoring" bushfires which are raging across parts of Australia ahead of the new series.

TV duo Ant McPartlin and Dec Donnelly will return to our screens to front the series as a fresh batch of celebrities enter the Aussie jungle this Sunday (November 17).

However, the nearest reported fires have been at Queensland's Lamington National Park, 10 kilometres away from the I'm A Celebrity camp.

Producers are said to be worried as the nearest reported fires have been 10 kilometres away from the camp (Credit: ITV)

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The series is filmed in a dense forest near to Murwillumbah, a town in far-north eastern New South Wales, close to the Queensland border.

Bosses will "closely monitor" the fires ahead of the launch of the new series in just a few days.

The health and safety of all our production crew and celebrities are of the utmost importance.

An ITV spokesman told the Mirror: "We are in constant contact with the NSW fire brigade and are closely monitoring the situation.

"We currently have no cause for concern.  The health and safety of all our production crew and celebrities are of the utmost importance."

It's been reported that three people have lost their lives as more than 100 fires sweep across the area.

The new series will return on Sunday (Credit: ITV)

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

Meanwhile, Deputy mayor of Tweed Shire Chris Cherry described the situation as "bad".

She said: "Our main concern for the area [of Marwillumbah] is bush fires.

"It has been very hot and dry here in the past months and although this is a rain forest area, bush fires are now an issue we need to seriously think about. It's bad."

A team of firefighters are trying to control the devastating blazes.

Meanwhile, there are dozens of crew at the reality show site with members of the public being used for run throughs of the show to test cameras.

Ant and Dec are visiting the set regularly (Credit: ITV)

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Ant and Dec are also visiting the set regularly, with the celebrity contestants due to arrive this week ahead of Sunday's launch episode.

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).

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