Fire chief warns of arsonists across Central Queensland
QUEENSLAND Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) are warning residents of the dangers of arson, following a spate of suspicious fires across Central Queensland.
QFES Central Region operations director Col May said Mount Morgan fire crews had been called out to more than 30 vegetation fires this year, many of which had an undetermined or suspicious cause.
He said investigators were also looking into fires in Mackay, which they believe might have been started with malicious intent.
To keep a close eye on suspicious fire activity representatives from the QFES, the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing (NPRSR) and the Queensland Police Service (QPS) have come together as part of Taskforce Vulcan.
Mr May said arson, intentional or not, could have devastating effects.
"The consequences of arson can range from vegetation damage to destruction of property, and even loss of life," he said.
"Aside from the destruction this causes, fighting unnecessary fires takes up a lot of QFRS resources, which could be better used elsewhere.
"We need the community to assist us in keeping an eye out for suspicious fire behaviour."
Residents are encouraged to report suspicious fire activity to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.