Firefighters backburn a portion of bushland to protect houses in Bellbird Park after a fire started early on Monday morning.
Firefighters backburn a portion of bushland to protect houses in Bellbird Park after a fire started early on Monday morning. Rob Williams

Fires across region fan suspicions of arson at some sites

AERIAL water bombers were called in to assist fire fighters at one of a number of fires that were yesterday burning across the Ipswich region.

Temperatures hit 37.5 degrees yesterday with fires burning in multiple locations throughout the day.

Crews were called to attend fires at Collingwood Park, Redbank Plains, Bellbird Park, Mutdapilly, Laidley, Gatton and Esk yesterday.

The fire at Collingwood Park saw aerial water bombers called in after it broke out after midday, while fire crews back burnt to protect properties.

Police and fire fighters were investigating the possibility that some of the fires may have been deliberately lit.

Police said they had received reports some may have been lit by fire bugs.

Ipswich councillor Paul Tully took to social media to state the fire in Bellbird Park may have been lit on purpose.

Cr Tully said the area had seen regular vandalism. "There have been numerous fires in the last couple of months in that area," Cr Tully told the QT.

"Vandalism in that area has been a real issue; I think this could have been deliberately lit. A couple of months ago there were a couple of things that caught on fire there simultaneously. I think it's possible this fire could be connected."

While temperatures in Ipswich reached a height of 37.5 degrees at 2pm yesterday, temperatures are expected to drop in coming days.

The Bureau of Meteorology is expecting today to only reach 29 in Ipswich. The temperature is set to rise again with a predicted maximum of 36 degrees on Friday.

While the fire danger is also expected to be lower today and tomorrow fire services are warning people to remain on high alert.



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