Fire may be act of arsonist
AN 80-hectare bushfire burning for five days close to Wongawallan could have been deliberately lit, say fire investigators.
More than 70 rural firefighters from as far as Gatton have been battling the blaze day and night.
Gold Coast Rural Fire Brigade group officer Sam Eitz said although still unconfirmed, it was possible the bushfire, which began at Cedar Creek on Tuesday, was suspicious.
“Every volunteer firefighter, we don’t like to hear or see of these things happening,” he said. “We think no one should be out lighting fires.”
Mr Eitz said the past days had been spent putting containment lines in at properties close to Lanes Rd, Elevation Dr and Upper Coomera Rd around Wongawallan using dozers and drotts.
He said larger fire engines holding up to 3000L were also used as there was no reticulated water available and dormant fire trails had been reopened.
Helicopters also waterbombed the area throughout the week.
Yesterday afternoon firefighters finally managed to finish the control lines so that the blaze could burn out safely.
Mr Eitz said while the fire was not truly under control just yet, he expected this to change once it had burnt out to the containment lines.
“I’m quite confident it will stay like that over the weekend,” he said. “At this stage there’s potential burning in pockets until next week, due to the nature of the terrain.”
Mr Eitz said they could now start scaling back the number of firefighters on the job, although a “presence” would remain on site. WHEN it comes to Australian Rules, Piper Phelan really is in a league of her own.
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