Queensland police and fire crews have revealed last week’s bushfire on Bribie Island may have been deliberately lit.
The blaze, which erupted off Hornsby Road at Bellara shortly after midday on January 17, has officially been deemed suspicious with investigations now underway to find those responsible.
It’s understood warm northerly winds fanned the fire which spread through the National Park on Thursday.
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On Friday, the flames also came close to Banksia Beach State School and the Community Arts Centre, however firefighters managed to protect the buildings.
Sadly, police were forced to euthanise several animals that had been severely injured by the fire.
This is video from our drone that was over the #bushfire at Bribie Island on the weekend. We are furious that this blaze may have been deliberately lit – putting property, wildlife, pets and lives at risk. @QldFES
— Queensland Police (@QldPolice) January 21, 2019
Bribie Island Officer in Charge Senior Sergeant Peter Thompson said in a statement released today that the impact for residents had been significant.
“From disruption to the community, the destruction of habitat and substantial cost to the community for the emergency response – it was a difficult weekend for those of us on the island,” Senior Sergeant Thompson said.
“It makes me furious to think that someone may have deliberately lit this fire – particularly in these hot conditions – and put our properties, wildlife, pets and lives at risk.
“I am asking anyone who may have been anything suspicious in the Bellara or Banksia Beach areas from Friday and through the weekend to contact police.”
Investigations are ongoing.