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About 110 people are being evacuated in a road convoy from the Kings Canyon resort in the Northern Territory as fire threatens the area. The nearby Aboriginal community of Lilla, which is in the path of two fire fronts, has also been evacuated. Kings Canyon, about 320 kilometres south-west of Alice Springs, is a popular tourist destination and draws visitors despite intense heat at this time of year. Police say the convoy of people being evacuated is made up of a number of various vehicles and is not expected to reach its destination of Alice Springs until this evening. A number of fires are burning in central Australia as the region looks set to break hot weather records. In Alice Springs, the record could be broken for the longest consecutive number of January days above 42 degrees Celsius. Yulara, near Uluru, is also set to break its record for the the most number of January days above 44C degrees. Weather bureau forecaster Angeline Prasad says the record at Yulara was set in 1998. "Looking at Yulara's temperature over the last few days, it has been recording over 44C degrees since Friday," she said. "Today we are expecting temperatures to go over 44C degrees again. "The heatwave is set to continue for the rest of this week." The rim walk at Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park has been closed for at least a week because of the high temperatures. Firefighters in Central Australia spent last night back-burning to try to contain another large bushfire about 120 kilometres north-west of Alice Springs. Bushfires NT says two units were sent to assist the owner of the 2,200 square kilometre Napperby Station in keeping the fire away from the homestead. Firefighters and station staff have been back burning across 15 kilometres and putting in strategic break lines. It is believed the blaze was sparked by a lightning strike at Pine Hill a few days ago and has been fanned on by strong easterly winds. Napperby Station owner Roy Chisholm says the fire has burnt out a huge area of land. "It has probably taken out over a hundred square miles of country," he said. Rangers say the Kings Canyon fire moved to within a few kilometres of the resort before the decision was made to evacuate. Earlier, people staying at a caravan and camping park near the canyon were moved to the resort area. Tourists are being told to stay away. Bushfires NT has sent two fire units from Darwin to Alice Springs to help local firefighters. Senior Fire Control Officer Geoff Kenna says the additional resources will be an important back-up for fire crews on the front line. _________________ Il n’y a point de génie sans un grain de folie