Fire season heating up


Queensland Police have laid a string of arson charges against a 27 year-old man, after more than 70 fires were suspected of being deliberately lit in the Laidley-Gatton area in the past three months.

He’ll appear in the Ipswich Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Meantime, exhausted firefighters continue to battle dozens of outbreaks amid fears conditions could worsen.

Ashleigh Stevenson reports.

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The Bureau of Meteorology today warned strong winds, hot temperatures and dry conditions could only fan the flames on Friday and Saturday.

Southeast Queensland is expecting high temperatures tomorrow, including 37 degrees in Ipswich and 32 in Brisbane.

Today, firies are battling at least 50 outbreaks across the state.

Extra crews were sent in today to help battle a blaze burning near Calliope in central Queensland.

While five fire crews continue to fight a large grass fire in the Lockyer State Forest at Grantham.

A large fire continues to rip through the Allies Creek State Forest in Mundubbera, west of Maryborough.

And crews fighting a fire near Thargomindah, in the State’s far west, watched in awe as a massive fire tornado formed inside the inferno.

As the giant column of flame rose, it was photographed by a local woman.

The phenomenon occurs when an intensely hot fire sucks in colder air around it.

As the hot air rises, cool air is sucked into a central hotspot and begins to spin, creating a vortex of flame.

Ashleigh Stevenson, QUT News.