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Bush fire threatens filming of I’m A Celebrity

It’s not just the thought of munching kangaroo testicles that’s giving I’m A Celebrity contestants the heebie jeebies in the lead up to this weekend’s launch.

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An enormous bush fire is heading dangerously close to the Springbrook National Park where the show is filmed – and as of today is just 40 miles away from where our heroes are about to set up camp. Yikes!

Authorities claim the blaze, which currently spans an area over 200 miles in size, is under control and being managed by the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service. It’s just one of 46 bush fires currently wreaking havoc across the Australian state.

Over 600 firefighters are tackling the fires, but unusually strong winds and hot summer weather are making it extremely tough. This year’s campers are preparing to head to the National Park at the weekend after arriving in Brisbane over the past few days.

Let’s hope those brave firefighters can make sure the show goes ahead, eh?

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Celebrities signed up for the series this year are Ola Jordan, Wayne Bridge, Larry Lamb, Sam Quek , Adam Thomas, Scarlett Moffatt, Joel Dommett, Lisa Snowdon and Carol Vorderman. Homes Under the Hammer host Martin Roberts and TV presenter Danny Baker are widely expected to join the camp later on.

Some of the contestants have admitted they’re already scared stiff of what awaits, with Ola Jordan admitting: “I don’t know how I will cope.”

However, Gogglebox star Scarlett Moffatt seems to be taking the whole thing in her stride. “Eating testicles? I’ve been preparing by eating really chewy Scotch eggs and pretending they’re kangaroo balls,” she told The Sun.

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The show kicks off on ITV1 on Sunday at 9pm.