FOUR PEOPLE CAUGHT BREACHING FIRE BAN

Photo via Lake Munmorah Rural Fire Brigade

Police have been forced to take action against three men for breaching the state-wide ban, and a child for committing an act of arson.

On Monday afternoon, a 27-year-old man allegedly lit a small campfire at Fowler Reserve, Wallacia, to boil water for cups of tea.

Police issued him with an on-the-spot $2200 infringement notice.
Later that night, police attend a home in Braidwood Drive, Prestons, following reports a man was burning fence palings in a cylindrical barbecue.
Embers from the fire fell to the ground and ignited palings, causing a second blaze.
The 35-year-old man was also issued with an infringement notice.

On Tuesday morning, a 46-year-old man was arrested after allegedly lighting a fire in a small coal barbecue at a home in Danny Road, Lalor Park.

In the latest incident, a small grass fire broke out in long grass behind Sullivan Street, Worrigee.
When police arrived, a nine-year-old boy, who was with a group of other children, made admissions to lighting the fire with a blowtorch.
The boy was issued a warning.
Anyone who sees suspicious or illegal behaviour is urged to contact police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

For more information on fire bans, please visit <https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/fire-information/fdr-and-tobans/total-fire-ban-rules>