POLICE believe either matches or cigarette lighters were used to deliberately light a number of roadside fires during the extreme weather conditions of the recent summer heatwave.
Mildura Crime Investigation Unit bushfire, arson and explosive liaison officer Detective Senior Constable Peter Mailes yesterday said investigations into the three fires at Mildura, Carwarp and Sea Lake were continuing.
Sen-Constable Mailes said it was bewildering that anyone would light a fire on public land at any time of year, let alone during a period of high fire danger.
“Fortunately … authorities were alerted by passers-by and they were quickly extinguished before they had a chance to spread or threaten property,” Sen-Constable Mailes said.
“Grass and small shrubbery were ignited at the side of the road during periods of high fire danger in each instance including at a wayside stop near the Mildura Airport,” he said.
“We believe either matches or a cigarette lighter were used to start the fires as there was nothing found at the scenes to indicate otherwise.
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Police believe either matches or cigarette lighters were used to deliberately light a number of roadside fires during the extreme weather conditions of the recent summer heatwave.
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