BUSHFIRE LATEST: Hinterland blazes now being treated as suspicious

The bushfires that have ravaged the Hinterland and destroyed 11 homes are being treated as suspicious.

Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll confirmed that a taskforce established last week is investigating the Hinterland blazes and whether it was the result of arson.

Commissioner Carroll told reporters on Sunday that a number of suspects had already been identified.


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“We do have concerns with how the fire started,” Commissioner Carroll said.

“We do have an ongoing investigation, it’s quite a complex investigation.”

The Commissioner joined Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in the Hinterland today to inspect the damage first-hand.

The fierce blaze tore through Beechmont and Binna Burra in the early hours of the morning last Saturday.

Ms Palaszczuk toured the site of the historic Binna Burra Lodge which was among the properties gutted in the fire.

The Premier also inspected Timbarra Drive at Beechmont where most of the homes were lost.

She says help is being provided to those who lost everything.

“Some people here have lost their worldly possessions, but they haven’t lost their lives,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

“They’ll be able to rebuild and we will help them rebuild.”

A taskforce has already been established to help the Binna Burra Lodge rebuild and provide assistance to the dozens of employees who are now out of work.

The Premier also had rare praise for insurance companies who she says have responded quickly to the disaster.

She has also urged Queenslanders to dig deep and donate to the Bushfire Appeal.

“Already through our disaster funding over 200,00 has already gone out to people in need

“I met some families today that asked what more can be done and what more can be down is if Queenslanders could give generously, every single dollar counts.”

The Premier’s latest visit comes as conditions ease significantly.

While fires are still burning in several locations, crews have the upper hand after a tense couple of weeks.

But officials are also warning that conditions could deteriorate again over coming days.

Warmer temperatures and strong northerly winds are forecast from Monday and Tuesday before a southerly change moves through on Tuesday afternoon.

Showers are also likely late on Tuesday however the rainfall won’t be enough to finally put the bushfires out with only 1 millimetre expected.

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