Australia: Arson reportedly behind dozens of fires in Queensland

Australia: Arson reportedly behind dozens of fires in Queensland
Fire in Queensland, 2019. Guardian video, YouTube

[Ed. – That’s brutal. Very ugly fire situation chasing people out of their local communities.]

Almost 100 firebugs have deliberately started blazes across Queensland that have destroyed homes and consumed thousands of hectares of bushland.

Some 65 fires continue to burn across the state on Friday, jumping from 55 reported on Thursday, as the fire threat deepens heading into the weekend.

As firefighters remain on high alert, police revealed 103 of the destructive fires that have lashed Queensland since September were deliberately lit.

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Figures obtained by AAP reveal 98 people – 31 adults and 67 juveniles – have been dealt with by Queensland police for deliberately setting fires.

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