10 Children Allegedly Involved In Lighting QLD Fires
Queensland Police are dealing with 10 juveniles who allegedly deliberately lit fires across the state.
Eighteen people have been charged by police with deliberately lighting blazes in Queensland since November 9 -- and 10 of those are under the age of 18.
Each of the juveniles is being dealt with under the Youth Justice Act.
A 16-year-old boy was charged last Thursday with allegedly deliberately starting the Cobraball fire, west of Yepoon.
Police questioned two teenagers, aged 17 and 19, over a discarded cigarette that likely started the Binna Burra Fire. Police did not lay charges after they determined the fire was an accident. The historic Binna Burra lodge was destroyed the fire.
Two teenagers charged over a fire in September that destroyed one home and forced thousands of Sunshine Coast residents to flee will face a closed court hearing on Wednesday over their alleged behaviour.
The 14-year-old Peregian Springs boy and a 15-year-old Coolum Beach girl were charged with endangering particular property by fire with police alleging they lit the blaze in bushland. It quickly spread towards Peregian Beach forcing a mass evacuation.
As 70 fires continue to burn across Queensland, three more homes were confirmed lost by authorities on Wednesday morning. The homes were destroyed at Ravensbourne near Toowoomba on the Darling Downs, taking the total number of properties lost in recent fires to 19.
The Pechey blaze, which burnt the three homes, is one of three infernos expected to worsen over the next few days.
The others include a cluster of fires in the Border Ranges region, from Cunninghams Gap to Mount Barney and Mount Lindsay, and one on Moreton Island.
There are fears recent fires on the Sunshine Coast which threatened the area around Noosa may still be burning underground through the tree root systems, and could reignite in the hot and windy weather.
Fire crews spent Monday and Tuesday strengthening containment lines of major fires ahead of extreme temperatures and a wind shift predicted for the rest of the week.
A heatwave is expected in parts of Queensland on Wednesday, where temperatures will exceed 40 degrees in some parts of the state.
The Bureau of Meteorology has warned the wind will shift direction at around 4pm local time on the Darling Downs and will test those on the ground.
"That will mean tricky fire conditions for those fire crews," meteorologist Dean Narramore told AAP.
Toowoomba mayor Paul Antonio is fearful of the weather ahead, saying his community is facing dangerous times. Residents are on water restrictions while work continues to restore power to pumps at the city's main reservoir after it was cut by fire.
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