Recent suspicious bushfires a concern

IT is disturbing that the two most recent bushfires in our region are strongly suspected as having been deliberately lit.

No sooner had rural fire crews got one blaze at Emu Vale under control late last week, another three plumes were detected not far away but still well outside the containment area.

This, coupled with a vehicle spotted in the vicinity, gave rise to concerns about a deliberate act and then on Saturday suspicions were raised regarding the fire which began near Yangan. This latter instance has been of particular concern with the proximity to some dwellings.

It is difficult to understand what motivates a firebug. Their actions potentially place the lives of volunteer rural fire crews and residents at risk, and even more so in the heavily-timbered country to the east of Warwick with its difficult terrain.

While individuals who start bushfires obviously need help, we urge anyone who may have information or even a strong hunch about those who may be responsible for these local fires to come forward to the appropriate authorities.

If doing so means they can be identified and stopped from committing further dangerous acts it will have been a tremendous service to the community.

Jeremy Sollars

Deputy Editor



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