Police investigate cause of bushfire as warnings remain
INVESTIGATORS from are at the scene of a massive blaze that threatened homes from Peregian Springs to Doonan yesterday and overnight.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commander Bernie Massingham said the investigators, from police and QFES, would attempt to find the cause of the blaze which erupted just after 1pm quickly spread.
QFES Deputy Commissioner Mark Roche says the situation could worsen again very quickly, and people must be ready to evacuate.
He could not confirm reports the fire may have been deliberately lit.
"To think yesterday morning there was no fire there, and then by evening we had to commit 80 appliances, 80 crews, and also support staff," he told ABC radio.
"These are significantly difficult conditions."
Ironically, efforts to dampen the blaze today are being hampered by wet ground that has already bogged an excavator attempting to cut a fire break through heavily vegetated country north of Peregian Springs.
Mr Massingham said firefighters on scene were attempting to strengthen existing fire breaks as the blaze burned back against the wind.
"We won't put fire on the ground ourselves," he said.
Two water bombing helicopters directed by an air attack supervisor were working to take the intensity out of the fire.
Mr Massingham said the strategy would be to let the fire trickle towards vegetation at the back of homes with a large number of crews on scene to keep it under control.
"The only option is to let it burn," he said.
"We can't get machinery in because the ground is too wet. It appears to be wetland country. "Even after months of dry it's still holding water."