Arson suspected for bushfire

TWO water-bombing helicopters were required to put out a bushfire north of Ipswich on Tuesday which firefighters believed could have been started by arsonists.

Four rural crews raced to the blaze near the D'aguilar Range National Park on Banks Creek Road Fernvale about 7.30am to contain the fire before it spread.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) acting area director of rural operations Corey Bock said two water-bombing helicopters were quickly called into parts of the fire the land crews could not reach.

He said the fire could have grown out of control and spread rapidly if it was not for the intervention of the choppers.

"It grew to about 200 acres at its peak," Mr Bock said.

"If it wasn't for the water-bombing planes, we would have been fighting that fire for a week.

"The wind changed directions a number of times, and it was in danger of spreading very quickly.

"With the current dry conditions we were lucky our firefighters' hard work was enough to contain the blaze."

The two helicopters came from Western Australia just this week, and were supposed to only be in training until next Monday.

The choppers made at least 30 water dumps on the fire.

Firefighters thought the blaze was 'suspicious' and could not rule out arson as a cause.

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