Two teenagers charged over Sunrise Beach deliberate blaze
UPDATE: Two teenagers have been charged by detectives following investigations into a bushfire at Sunrise Beach yesterday.
The fire started about noon in bush land near Dame Patti re and resulted in road closures and concerns at one point that a retirement home may require evacuation.
The two boys, one from Noosa Heads and the other from Mount Coolum, both aged 14, have been charged with setting fire to crops and growing plants - standing trees, saplings or shrubs.
The two will be dealt with under the provisions of the Youth Justice Act.
Police would like to thank the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service, the Queensland Ambulance Service, the State Emergency Service, private contractors and volunteers who responded to the fire.
UPDATE: 8.30AM: Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES), Rural Fire Service Queensland and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service fire crews are currently on scene at a bushfire located at the end of Dame Patti Dr, Sunrise Beach.
The fire, which started about noon yesterday, is under control and currently posing no threat to property.
Firefighters are conducting back burning operations to strengthen containment lines and as a result, large volumes of smoke may affect surrounding areas.
Firefighters have urged motorists to drive to the conditions and be mindful of emergency services personnel in the area. Police Media have confirmed all roads are open.
Residents are advised to close windows and doors and keep medication on hand if suffering from a respiratory illness.
If residents feel their property is under threat they are advised to call Triple Zero (000) immediately.
UPDATE: Queensland Fire and Rescue Service say the fierce blaze which ripped through 12 ha at Sunrise Beach is under control. Crews will remain at the fire, which started at Dame Patti Dr yesterday, and monitor containment lines.
A TWELVE-hectare blaze that ripped through bushland around Sunrise Beach was being treated as suspicious, a Noosa CIB spokesman has confirmed.
A mixture of urban and rural fire crews, 20 in total, teamed up to battle the blaze which started in Dame Patti Drive, Sunrise Beach, at about midday yesterday.
The ground war being waged on the out-of-control fire was bolstered by the assistance of two Helitac water bombing helicopters, which worked to douse flames on the southern flanks of the fire for much of yesterday afternoon.
Crews were working to fight the fire, which threatened infrastructure including a sewage treatment plant, and came close to homes, as it raced eastwards, chewing up combustible bushland on the way.
Fire fighters remained on-site overnight, to manage the fire, with some flanks contained, but with work still to be done to bring the fire properly under control, a Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman confirmed last night.
Water bombing exercises were expected to cease overnight, but back-burning operations would continue to halt the fire which circled the Girraween Sports Complex before making its way along scrub on Eenie Creek Road earlier yesterday.
Noosa Fire and Rescue Inspector and Area Commander Rob Frey said crews were working well together and had successfully protected homes and vital infrastructure, while other emergency services and groups, including police, the council and Queensland Parks and Wildlife and SES, also provided their assistance.
Homes within range of the fire were doorknocked as residents were kept advised of what was happening.
They were directed as to what contingency plans would be in place, if the situation changed. But as of late yesterday, no evacuations of homes had been ordered.
"Liaison officers and QPS are doorknocking now to alert residents of what's going on," Mr Frey said mid-afternoon yesterday.
"Contingency plans are in place at the moment, should they be required."
Mr Frey said the fire had been close to homes when it started, shortly after noon yesterday, and quickly raged out of control.
Crews that had battled the blaze throughout the day were set to be relieved at 6.30 last night, as fresh teams would renew the fight to contain the blaze before it threatened homes in Noosa Springs.
Inspector Frey said they were hopeful of having the fire fully contained overnight.
A Noosa CIB spokesman yesterday asked that anybody with information into the cause of the blaze to contact them or Crime Stoppers immediately.
They had begun preliminary investigations into the cause of the fire yesterday afternoon.