Report those who put lives at risk in fires

The Morning Bulletin - - YOUR SAY - FRAZER PEARCE ED­I­TOR

THERE are many types of stupid crim­i­nal acts that defy logic, but light­ing bush fires takes the cat­e­gory of ma­li­cious acts to an­other level.

To think we al­ready have three cases un­der investigation in this district so early into the fire sea­son is cause for high alarm.

Ev­ery Cen­tral Queens­lan­der should be con­cerned about the bush­fire po­ten­tial we are fac­ing this year fol­low­ing the fuel left behind by Cy­clone Deb­bie.

The Queens­land Fire Emer­gency Ser­vices has al­ready moved to re-launch Task­force Vul­can as it tar­gets the threat of bush­fire ar­son.

Capri­cor­nia Po­lice District Crime Group De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Dar­rin Shad­low last week re­minded peo­ple of the sever­ity of ar­son charges.

“Set­ting fire to grass lands is a crim­i­nal of­fence and is a max­i­mum of 14 years in prison,” In­spec­tor Shad­low said.

“A max­i­mum of­fence for ar­son is life.”

Nor­mal peo­ple don’t go around light­ing fires in bush­land for a thrill.

I be­lieve any­one who would do such a thing – and we know there are a few around here – need pro­fes­sional help ur­gently.

There will be a few peo­ple they are as­so­ci­ated with that will know of or be highly sus­pi­cious about their in­volve­ment in such reck­less ac­tiv­ity.

If you are aware of any­one con­nected with bush­fire ar­son, or ap­pears to have high po­ten­tial, then do them and so­ci­ety a favour and alert the ap­pro­pri­ate author­ity.

Your ac­tions may save a shed, a house or even a life.

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