Police speak to three youths over national park bushfire
THREE days later and an ominous pall of white smoke still hangs over parts of Mountain Creek, Kawana and Chancellor Park.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have warned people to remain indoors and keep their windows closed while crews work to backburn in Mooloolah River National Park.
The fire, which destroyed 700ha of bushland, started in suspicious circumstances on Saturday.
Three youths assisted police with their investigations.
A Police Media spokeswoman yesterday could only say "the police have dealt with the youths under the Youth Justice Act".
She did not elaborate whether the trio was deemed responsible for the blaze.
While no homes were under threat and the fire was under control, backburning operations over the past three days caused the smoke clouds to linger.
Meanwhile at Gheerulla, a small rural community in the hinterland, more than a dozen fire crews worked throughout the day to put out a slow-moving bushfire.
The blaze, which started on Sunday afternoon, burnt out a section of Mapleton National Park reserve at Cedar Creek Rd.
No homes were under immediate threat, but 13 crews worked through the day to tackle the blaze both from the ground and above.
Helicopters were used to water-bomb the area for more than two hours.
"We have been backburning from the top of the hill," a Queensland Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said.
"The fire is contained but backburning is in progress and bulldozers are creating fire breaks."
The extent of the damage in the national park was unknown late yesterday.