CONCERNED: Stopping bushfire arson is the message from Queensland Fire and Rescue Service’s acting Inspector Archie Andrews, the Rural Fire Service’s acting Inspector Andrew Allan and Queensland Police’s Inspector Mike Miley.
CONCERNED: Stopping bushfire arson is the message from Queensland Fire and Rescue Service’s acting Inspector Archie Andrews, the Rural Fire Service’s acting Inspector Andrew Allan and Queensland Police’s Inspector Mike Miley. John Mccutcheon

Dob in an arsonist! Bushfires spark push for appeal

TWO dozen deliberately lit fires in a matter of weeks have prompted firefighters and police to urge residents to be on high alert for lurking arsonists.

Bushfire season has only just started but already firefighters and police are investigating 24 suspicious blazes in dense bushland at Pomona and Cooran.

Residents have been encouraged to report any suspicious activity or cars in bushfire zones.

"It is a huge burden on emergency services to combat the arson-lit fires," Rural Fire Services Queensland acting Inspector Andrew Allan said.

Firefighters have been working hard since April on Operation Cool Burn to reduce the risk of bushfires in the upcoming season.

Crews have undertaken 11 controlled burns and slashed scrub to create buffer zones between homes and bush.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Gympie-Noosa region acting Inspector Archie Andrews said all Coast residents should be on high alert, but Marcus Beach, Sunshine Beach, Pomona and Bells Creek were the biggest fire hotspots.

"We are asking people in the local areas to be vigilant and look out for suspicious activities with regards to people loitering around cars that come to a location on a regular basis with no specific purpose for being there," Insp Andrews said.

"The fear is we will have communities put in danger as far as wildfires are concerned and we may not have the crews at that particular time to attend the incident and there could be damage to property or lives lost."

Experts are predicting Queensland may be in for one of its worst bushfire seasons in five years, with an El Nino weather pattern to start developing this month and dry westerly winds already occurring on the Coast.

STOP THE FIREBUGS

  •  Up to 50% of bushfires in Australia are deliberately lit or start in suspicious circumstances.
  •  Call Crime Stoppers if you see anything suspicious on 1800 333 000.
  •  The maximum penalty for lighting a bushfire in Queensland is 14 years of imprisonment

http://www.bushfirearson.gov.au



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