CQ fire warning reignited after three weekend blazes

JUST two weeks after a warning that arson attacks were on the rise, three fires broke out in Central Queensland on the weekend.

Multiple Rural Fire and Queensland Fire crews worked late into the evening to contain a blaze on Caporn Rd at Limestone Creek which broke out yesterday afternoon, while another crew extinguished a Gracemere bush blaze 500m from a home.

Meanwhile in Mackay, six crews worked to contain a fire at Northern Beaches in Bucasia.

The cause of the weekend's fires is yet to be confirmed.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Central Region Assistant Commissioner Ewan Cayzer said the suspicious fires that broke out in Tropical Cyclone Marcia-affected areas two weeks ago hindered the efforts of fire-fighters working hard to reduce the elevated threat in these locations.

"Investigations are under way into multiple fires in the Cawarral area which we believe may have been lit with malicious intent," Mr Cayzer said.

"Given there is increased fuel loading from Tropical Cyclone Marcia, these types of vegetation fires can rapidly spread out of control on a dry or windy day," he said.

"Taskforce Marcia was established this month to identify high-risk areas due to the cyclonic effects on vegetation and to enable planning to reduce these threats.

"It is very disappointing some senseless individuals have chosen to take advantage of the increased risks this season.

"The consequences of arson can be devastating and place lives and property in danger."

Report suspicious fire activity to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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