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FIRES | Wind Tipped To Pick Up Again Friday

Firefighters are bracing for wind gusts to gather strength again starting Friday.  

Andrew Allen from the Sunshine Coast Rural Fire Service said it has been a "hectic week" for them, after the Peregian fire raged out of control on Monday.

Questioned about the fact that the Peregian fire was deliberately lit, Mr Allen said "it's disheartening".

He said "I don't think they realise the grief it causes, not only the fires, but the community at large as well".

He stressed that it all happened at the start of the fire season as well and we have a long time to go, saying "there is no doubt we will see more fires on the Coast".

Mr Allen also explained that they are continuing to mop up the fires that are still burning locally and make sure there are no fresh flare ups.

Looking ahead, the wind is expected to pick up again from Friday. He said the good news is the fires that are still alight should remain under control.

One of their crews has headed to a location near Mundubbera to fight a fire there, they have been there since last Friday.

"Most of those crews had deployed back to the Sunshine Coast by Sunday.

"And then we had crews at that fire [in Peregian] after it picked up on Monday.

On top of that, he said they have been tackling fires at Landsborough as well.

11 appliances and roughly 30 firefighters were sent north and here on the Coast, "every single brigade on the Sunshine Coast were active at some stage [this week] so that's around about 78 appliances and probably between 300 and 400 volunteers".

By Michelle Price