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 crews had attended more than 75 fires in the past fortnight, with three requiring Watch and Act bushfire warnings.
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 identifying suspicious fires and find those who start them.”
Mr Cayzer said current conditions meant fires could spark quickly and rapidly spread out of control.
“Everyone should keep in mind [that] seemingly innocuous actions like flicking a cigarette butt out a car window or being irresponsible with cooking fires and machinery, can have devastating consequences,” he said.
“Landholders also need to pay close attention to permit conditions and restrictions before lighting. You must have a fire permit.”
Residents are encouraged to report suspicious fire activity to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.