Arsonist suspected of lighting fires in our region
UPDATE 11.12am: AS FIREFIGHTERS continue to work to bring keep fires under control south-west of Rappville, fire investigators and police are facing the possibility an arsonist may be responsible for some of the blazes.
Rural Fire Service Superintendent Michael Brett said while investigators believe the controlled fires south-west of Rapville were started by landowners, they also believe there is someone else out there lighting fires.
He said investigations continue.
UPDATE, 9.25am: INVESTIGATIONS are underway to determine the cause of fires south-west of Rappville.
Rural Fire Service Operations Manager Daniel Ainsworth said the three fires were now classed as under control by crews.
"At this stage we don't know if they are suspicious or not," Mr Ainsworth said.
"Rural Fire investigators are working closely with police to determine the cause.
"This winter, we've determined some fires are actually being started from sparks from machinery and at times we suspect they've been started by landowners doing agricultural burns."
Mr Ainsworth urged landowners to ring the fire control centre before lighting any fires and to take extra care in dry conditions.
"When a fire escapes the landowners property, they can be liable for any damages incurred as a result of the fire and fines can also apply," he said.
"It is a minimum of $2220 for allowing a fire to escape your property.
"From August 1, fire permits will be required … the only difference between now and next week to contact your local brigade to get a fire permit."
Original story: A NUMBER of resources are being thrown at a fire south west of Rappville to bring it under control.
Rural Fire Service Operations Manager Daniel Ainsworth said the fire is burning near Brewers and Seery roads at Kippenduff.
Crews from NSW State Forests and National Parks and Wildlife Service are working with the RFS to control the fire.
A number of fires are being controlled in the area, with a fire south of Brewers Road burning in excess of 1000ha.