Fire may have been deliberately lit: rural fire service

THE fire that ripped through parts of the Burrum Coast National Park last week may have been deliberately lit.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service rangers were inspecting the burnt Burrum Coast National Park from last Friday until Sunday after the blaze threatened homes.

More than 10 fire units were closely monitoring the wind direction and fire movement as it approached homes in Lakeside Dr at Burrum Heads.

Burrum Heads Rural Fire Service chief warden Brian Simmonds said the fire may have been started on purpose.

"We think it was deliberately lit," he said.

"That's the biggest one we've had this season and while we were fighting it, there were two more fires lit on Burrum Heads Rd."

Rural and urban fire crews created a fire break behind the houses on Lakeside Dr as a precaution.

"We back-burned around the premises ... which paid off," he said.

Mr Simmonds said previous controlled burns wouldn't have started the blaze.

"Where QPWS were burning a couple of days beforehand... no embers would have carried that far," he said.

If members of the public saw a vehicle near known arson hot spots, they should note the registration plate and time, and report it if a fire was started.



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