Police Continue to look for Fire Bugs

Police are continuing their investigations into a suspected firebug who is thought to be responsible for lighting grass fires in the Bowen-Collinsville region over the past week.

bushfire-3Police say the occupants of a white van, seen in the area at the time are persons of interest.

Meantime Rural Fire Service (RFS) Assistant Commissioner Gary McCormack warns of widespread bushfire conditions again this week.

“Parts of Queensland have received rainfall in recent days and weeks, but the ground beneath all that green grass is still very dry in some areas. Add strong winds and very low humidity into the mix, and you are looking at the perfect conditions for bushfires breaking out.”

He says while the conditions were unusual but not unprecedented for this time of year the lack of rain in recent months and parched earth means this bushfire season still has legs.

Mr McCormack reminded residents to take precautions.
“Residents should be mindful if they are using machinery and power tools because the smallest spark is enough to fuel a bushfire. The same rules also apply around the home: keep the grass low and remove dead leaf litter and flammable materials from the yard.”

Mr McCormack urges people to call Triple Zero (000) immediately if they spot a fire.

“Early reporting is crucial to getting the jump on bushfires.”