Firies believe latest fires in region were deliberately lit
10.25am: Fire investigators are examining multiple fires across Central Queensland believed to have been deliberately lit.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Assistant Commissioner for Central Region Ewan Cayzer said fire crews had attended more than 75 fires in the last fortnight, with three of these fires requiring Watch and Act bushfire warnings.
"A fire at a Watch and Act level is a dangerous fire and the decision to release a warning is not made lightly; these warnings need to be taken seriously," Mr Cayzer said.
"Current conditions, and fuel in a tinderbox condition, mean fires can spark quickly and rapidly spread out of control.
"Landholders also need to pay close attention to permit conditions and restrictions before lighting. You must have a fire permit."
Mr Cayzer said there were serious consequences for malicious or careless actions and the effects were felt long after a fire was extinguished.
"It is very concerning that these fires may have been deliberately lit and QFES are taking a serious stance and will be investigating suspicious fires. We want these unwanted fires stopped," he said.
"Not only do fires require dedicated QFES resources and time, they also have devastating and long lasting social, financial and environmental impacts.
"Our crews, including many rural firefighters who are volunteers, have to spend time away from their work and families and put their lives at risk to fight fires.
"The message is simple, there are consequences for your actions and we are committed, along with the Queensland Police Service and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, to identify suspicious fires and find those who start them."
Residents are encouraged to report suspicious fire activity to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. - If you see something, or know something, do something.
For further information on how to obtain a fire permit, visit www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au
6am: THE Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) specialist fire investigators will be on the ground today examining the cause of multiple fires across Central Queensland.
The crew will be on site at Mt Chalmers where a large grass fire broke out earlier this week.
Residents in the vicinity were asked to enact their bushfire plan when the massive blaze ignited on Monday and required the attendance of 24 crews.
Those attending include QFES Assistant Commissioner for Central Region Ewan Cayzer, QFES director regional operations Jeff King and fire investigators.