Teenager Charged Over Blaze That Destroyed 14 Homes
A 16-year-old boy has been charged, accused of starting a fire in Central Queensland that destroyed more than a dozen homes.
The Cobraball Bungundarra blaze, west of Yeppoon took hold at about 1.30 pm on Saturday, sending nearby residents fleeing.
It destroyed 14 properties and damaged 28 sheds before firefighters could control the blaze.
Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski announced the charges during a press conference in Yeppoon on Thursday.
Queensland Police confirmed that the boy will be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act.
There are 75 bushfires burning across Queensland, with eight at a watch and act level.
Conditions are expected to deteriorate as the week wears on with firefighters working to strengthen containment lines in preparation.
"At this time of heightened danger and following the declaration of a State of Fire Emergency, the community is asked to work with authorities to prevent fires," QPS said in a statement.
Parents and carers are urged to speak to their children about the consequences of lighting fires.