Volunteer firefighter charged with deliberately lighting fires

A Rural Fire Service volunteer has been charged with deliberately lighting fires in the South Burnett region with Queensland’s bushfire crisis far from over.

Two grass fires were allegedly lit at Nanango on Saturday.

Police allege one fire was approximately 30 metres by 30 metres wide, while the second was approximately 10 metres by 8 metres wide.


Both blazes were only 150 metres apart.

Officers from QFES managed to extinguish the blazes quickly.

Police were later called to a nearby property after another fire had broken out in a skip bin.

That was also extinguished quickly.

Police spoke to a volunteer from the QFES Rural Fire Service in Nanango on Sunday.

The 18-year-old man was arrested and charged with two counts of light unauthorised fire and one count of wilful damage.

He is due to appear in the Nanango Magistrate Court on October 31.