Police charge a teenager who deliberately set fire to threatening homes in Griffith

A burnt paddock with trees and a white hose along the ground.

Police have accused an adolescent of intentionally setting fireplace to 2 fires that threatened properties in southern New South Wales.

Emergency providers have been referred to as to Scenic Hill, Griffith, after two bushfire stories on Saturday evening.

NSW Rural Hearth Service operations officer Scott Connor mentioned about 15 properties have been initially beneath menace.

“About an hour after the hearth began, we suppressed the hearth sufficient to scale back the menace,” he mentioned.

Firefighters have since extinguished the hearth, which has burned an estimated 17 hectares in a matter of days.

Murrumbidgee Police District officers launched an investigation into the reason for the fires and arrested a 16-year-old boy within the Leeton space simply earlier than 5pm on Wednesday.

He was charged twice with intentionally inflicting a fireplace and never caring about its unfold, and as soon as with possession of prohibited medication.

The boy was launched on conditional bail to seem in a juvenile court docket on February 20.

A car with a tag that says 'fire investigation' in front of a burnt paddock.
Firefighters have been on the scene this week.(Supplied: RFS MIA Area)

Fires are burning sooner than regular

Mr Connor mentioned there have been greater than 25 fires within the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Space since Christmas, with about 14 of them within the neighborhood of Griffith.

He mentioned it is common to see so many fires at the moment of yr, however fireplace conduct is uncommon.

“Fires are burning a lot bigger areas than in earlier years,” Connor mentioned.

“We’re beginning to see the consequences of La NiƱa – all of the rain we noticed final yr and the grass rising – and the fires are beginning to transfer sooner via the land.”

Aerial view of smoke from a forest fire.
The fireplace burned an estimated 17 hectares.(Supplied: RFS MIA Area)

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