Red Rock hit by arson attacks

ARSONISTS are keeping firefighters run off their feet near Red Rock.

Inspector Ron Collingridge from the Rural Fire Service (RFS) said there were 'multiple ignitions' yesterday in heath and scrub east of Red Rock Road. The first call to the RFS came in at 12.55pm.

“Neighbours have observed people lighting them,” Mr Collingridge said.

Nearby homes could have been threatened by the outbreaks, he added.

By late yesterday, as many as 24 RFS personnel were on the firefront with seven tankers.

“We've been putting in control lines by doing a backburn towards the fire, and because part of it was in coastal national park, the NPWS (National Parks and Wildlife Service) has had two tankers and a tractor working on the northern exposure,” Mr Collingridge said.

“Our objective is to get it contained overnight. We can't get crews in because it's so boggy. We have to find solid ground.The bush is volatile.”

The RFS sent up a helicopter inspection team yesterday afternoon and will have a helicopter on standby today. NPWS crews will patrol the immediate area this morning.



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