Blazes around the state

Mo­tor­cy­clist dies on high­way

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS -

FIRE­FIGHT­ERS are bat­tling 50 fires around the state.

Since the season of­fi­cially started on August 1, hun­dreds of hectares of land has been de­stroyed across the state.

A Queens­land Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices spokes­woman said low hu­mid­ity and dry land had con­trib­uted to a busy start to the season.

Fire crews spent the week- end bat­tling blazes with the worst in the state’s south near Ip­swich and Stan­thorpe.

Grass­fires ripped through dry farm­ing land at Bal­lan­dean, Tal­le­galla and Mut­dapilly with lo­cals told to get ready to leave.

Other fires were also re­ported at De­cep­tion Bay and Me­mer­ambi, near Kin­garoy.

The spokes­woman said no homes had been de­stroyed. A MO­TOR­BIKE rider has been killed af­ter col­lid­ing with a four-wheel drive on the Bur­nett High­way north of Bris­bane yes­ter­day.

Queens­land Po­lice said the man, in his 50s, had been rid­ing north with a group when the in­ci­dent oc­curred at Goomeri.

“As the rider at­tempted to turn into Boonah Road, a four- wheel drive trav­el­ling be­hind the man crashed into the mo­tor­cy­cle,” a po­lice spokesper­son said in a state­ment.

The foren­sic crash unit is in­ves­ti­gat­ing. The driver is as­sist­ing po­lice with in­quiries.

It’s the 30th re­ported mo­tor­cy­clist death on Queens­land roads this year so far, with a to­tal of 153 deaths recorded in road ac­ci­dents. A GOLD COAST teen has been de­tained in Bali, ac­cused of steal­ing two watches from an air­port duty free shop at Bali’s in­ter­na­tional air­port.

The 17-year-old, from Mer­maid Wa­ters, is be­ing held in the same po­lice sta­tion as 43year-old Bren­don Luke Johns­son, from the Sun­shine Coast, who is fac­ing drug deal­ing charges.

The Gold Coast teen was ar­rested about 2pm on Satur­day when he was at the air­port and about to catch a Jetstar flight from Bali to Bris­bane.

He is be­ing held un­der In­done­sia’s child pro­tec­tion laws

It is un­der­stood the teenager was at the air­port and ready to fly home with his step­brother. His fa­ther and step­mother re­mained in Bali.

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