Queensland fires cause: How did Queensland and NSW bushfires start?

HUNDREDS of people have been evacuated from their homes as fires blaze across eastern Australia. How did the Queensland and NSW bushfires start?

Firefighters have battled some 140 bushfires in northern Queensland and New South Wales this week, which are thought to have marked the worst start to the Australian fire season on record in the state of Queensland. Strong winds have fanned flames across about 100,000 hectares of land in New South Wales. So far the fires have destroyed at least one property.

Police said today a twelve-year-old boy started a bushfire, and two teenage girls were questioned over another blaze in the state of Queensland.

Queensland Police Commissioner Katrina Carrol told reporters at least eight of the fires are considered suspicious.

Commissioner Carrol said: “Some of the fires have involved children playing and obviously the consequences are dire as a result of that and ... some of them have been purposeful and malicious.

“People can die. Buildings and residences are being destroyed.”

Queensland fires

Queensland fire cause: Firefighter tackles blazes in New South Wales (Image: Jason O'Brien/ via REUTERS)

Police said the boy deliberately lit a fire, which then spread to a nearby storage facility and destroyed two shipping containers.

The boy was questioned after a group of teenagers were found in bushland near Queensland’s capital of Brisbane.

A spokesperson told the news agency the boy was processed through the state’s legal system for juveniles, and was then released with a caution.

Police were also reportedly questioning two 14-year-old girls over a fire near the Gold Coast.

Firefighters tackle blazes in Peregian Springs

Queensland fires cause: Firefighters tackle blazes in Peregian Springs (Image: AAP Image/John Park/ via REUTERS)

Blazes in Peregian Springs, Queensland

Queensland fire cause: Billowing smoke as fires blaze in Peregian Springs, Queensland (Image: Handout / QUEENSLAND FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES / AFP via Getty Images)

A number of Australian residents, in areas such as Peregian Beach, Peregian Breeze Estate and south of Lake Weyba, have been advised to evacuate.

Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, will cut short her trip to Switzerland by a day to return home to deal with the current crisis.

About 400 residents have been at emergency evacuation centres at Peregian.

READ MORE: Australia bushfires: Hundreds of homes evacuated 

Firefighter plane drops water on blazes in Binna Burra

Queensland fires cause: Firefighter plane drops water on blazes in Binna Burra (Image: AFP PHOTO / QUEENSLAND FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES via Getty Images)

More than 300 firefighters are thought to have battled through the night on Monday to try and contain fires on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

Queensland Acting Premier Jackie Trad said on Tuesday: “Last night’s Herculean efforts (from firefighters) resulted in nothing short of a miracle.”

It is thought that low humidity levels, high winds and dry vegetation have contributed to the widespread fires blazing through the territory.

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