Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek says questions need to be answered about whether a central Queensland fire management plan was followed.
A fire at Mount Archer on Rockhampton’s northern outskirts destroyed a home and threatened about 100 others this week.
Mr Langbroek was joined by the Member for Mirani, Ted Malone, to inspect the fire damage on Rockhampton’s northern outskirts.
They visited Lakes Creek, where a fire destroyed a home at the weekend, and viewed the charred landscape at Mount Archer where a blaze threatened about 100 hundred other homes.
Authorities say about 250 officers have worked to control the fires over the past fortnight, but crews are being scaled back as the fire threat eases.
Mr Langbroek says questions remain about how the emergency was handled.
“We had comprehensive plans to protect fauna, people and emergency service workers,” he said.
“These are things the Government needs to be answering in the days and weeks to come, because very importantly we need to take care of all of those areas, and there are questions that the Government needs to be answering following any review.”
Mr Langbroek says lives may have been put at risk unnecessarily.
“Emergency service workers, as well as local residents, may have been put into more danger than they should’ve been because of the lack of implementation of fire plans and plans done by the community here,” he said.
“Very clearly it’s got plans that do not seem to have been carried out.”
Fire officers are still monitoring the Mount Archer blaze, as well as three others at Calliope, Nerimbera, and Carmila.
The large grassfire near Calliope in central Queensland is continuing to burn and a plane with a fire spotter is currently checking the area.
The blaze is slowly moving west and is not threatening property.
Aerial water bombing is underway to try and contain the fire.
Windy conditions in the Bundaberg region in the state’s south have caused a section of the Gaeta fire to jump containment lines.
All crews are at the 400 metre firefront, and are backburning a six-kilometre stretch to control it but no houses or property are under threat.
More than 35,000 hectares of land has been burnt since the fire started last week.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) spokesman Ian Hawkins says it is not out of control.
“I think we still have it within our planned options for containment,” he said.
“Obviously it would have been preferred if we could contain it.
“We put this track through ourselves to minimise the area of impact.
“Unfortunately at this stage its jumped that line, so we’re taking up our fullback position.
“We need to ensure the safety of our staff and minimise the fire impacts – work towards a suitable resolution.”
Premier Anna Bligh says she is disturbed by allegations that a rural firefighter was assaulted while trying to put out a blaze at Gin Gin in Queensalnd’s South Burnett region.
A 33-year-old man has been charged with assault after allegedly hitting the officer with a log.
Ms Bligh says it is unacceptable.
“The business of firefighting is hard enough without residents taking this sort of action – frankly, there’s no place for it,” he said.
“We need to respect our firefighters – they’re doing a really tough job and they’re doing it really well.
The last thing we need is to see them at any further risk from people who are getting angry.”