Concern about fire threat
IT IS deeply concerning that police believe an arsonist is responsible for a series of Mount Coolum fires dating back to September last year.
The latest blaze, in a series of four now attributed to the same perpetrator, occurred on Tuesday.
All have consumed an enormous amount of resources to contain and posed a threat to both life and property.
Mount Coolum, Marcoola and Coolum residents have been asked by police to be vigilant about unusual behaviour in the area and to report any suspicions immediately.
It is essential the man, thought to be in his late 20s or early 30s, is apprehended before any more damage is done.
Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards said it was thought the man lived in the area, travelled by foot rather than vehicle and might have mental-health issues.
Fire poses an enormous threat at any time and no more so than in the heatwave conditions now being experienced across the region.
It is going to get considerably hotter over the next few days, creating an environment that, without help from trouble-makers, is already a tinderbox.
Given the recent example of the fire at Sippy Downs, started by a child playing with a cigarette lighter, parents would be wise to have a conversation with their youngsters about just how serious the situation is now.
It can't be stressed enough just how hot it will get this weekend, with temperatures reaching 40 degrees in the hinterland and 37 degrees on the coast.