Legal Action against 183 Fire Starters in NSW



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183 people cautioned or charged with bushfire incidents.

The NSW police have released a statement about the 183 people who have been cautioned or charged with bushfire rated incidents.

Since Friday 8 November 2019, legal action – which ranges from cautions through to criminal charges – has been taken against 183 people – including 40 juveniles – for 205 bushfire-related offences.

Of note:

  • 24 people have been charged over alleged deliberately-lit bushfires
  • 53 people have had legal actions for allegedly failing to comply with a total fire ban, and
  • 47 people have had legal actions for allegedly discarding a lighted cigarette or match on land.

Some people are just infatuated with fire. Others just don’t think.

Source:
www.police.nsw.gov.au/news

 


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Bushfire Related Penalties in New South Wales.

Penalties relating to bushfires under the NSW Crimes Act, the Rural Fires Act, and Rural Fires Regulation include:-

  • Starting a bushfire and being reckless as to its spread – up to 21 years imprisonment;
  • Lighting a fire when a total fire ban is in place – up to 12 months imprisonment and/or a $5,500 fine;
  • Not putting out a fire that you have lit – up to 12 months imprisonment and/or a $5,500 fine;
  • Failing to comply with a bush fire hazard reduction notice – up to 12 months imprisonment and/or a $5,500 fine;
  • Light or use a tobacco product within 15 metres of any stack of grain, hay corn, straw or any standing crop, dry grass or stubble field – up to a $5,500 fine.
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