BLAZING: Wayne Hawes captures this image of a fire on a hill near Douglas McInnes Dr, Laidley.
BLAZING: Wayne Hawes captures this image of a fire on a hill near Douglas McInnes Dr, Laidley. Contributed

Three Laidley fires under investigation

UPDATE MAY 30: In what police has labelled “stupid behaviour” a Laidley man has been arrested for lighting three fires within four days on Paroz Rd.

Laidley Police Officer in Charge Senior Sergeant Jim McDonald said it was stupid behaviour, and luckily no lives were lost.

“There was no significant property damage,” Snr Sgt McDonald said.

A 63-year-old Laidley man was charged with lighting unauthorised fires on May 23, 24 and 26.

He was also charged with unlawfully using stock from May 10.

The three fires across three nights were visible across the Lockyer Valley, burning a substantial amount of land.

EARLIER: Three fires across three consecutive nights in the Laidley area are currently under investigation by police.

The first fire on Paroz Rd, Laidley, was reported to Queensland Fire and Emergency Service on May 23 and burned 150 acres of farming land.

The second fire on May 24 burnt out 20 acres with fire fighters extinguishing the third fire in 30 minutes.

A QFES spokesperson said the three fires were not controlled or hazard reduction burns.

Area director for Rural Fire Service Queensland - West Moreton, Acting Inspector Paul Storrs said the three fires were on the same block of land.

“Those fires are the subject of a formal investigation between the police service and the rural fire service Queensland,” he said.

The fires were seen from Douglas McInnes Drive and luckily no structures were under threat.

Mr Storrs said it was a timely reminder for people to manage their fires well.

“We have drought conditions which means fire behaviour is more intense and people need to be cautious when using fire,” he said.

“There have been a number of fires in the Lockyer Valley are in the recent weeks and a number of them have escaped permitted burn lines due to the dry conditions.

Mr Storrs said there were also a number of fires at the Helidon rest stop which were under investigation.

“We are concerned about the activities there,” he said.


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