Man charged after fires deliberately lit near Forster

A man will appear in court today after two deliberately lit fires started on the state’s Mid North Coast.

About 3.30pm on Friday (12 February 2017), emergency services were called to reports of a bushfire on Dargavilles Road at Nabiac, about 25km north-west of Forster.

Officers from Manning Great Lakes Local Area Command attended and commenced an investigation.

Police were told a man in a white van was allegedly seen lighting the fire.

Whilst patrolling, officers from Highway and Traffic Patrol Command sighted a white van and spoke with the driver.

The 32-year-old man was arrested and taken to Forster Police Station where he was charged with two counts of intentionally cause fire and be reckless as to its spread.

He was refused bail to appear at Taree Local Court today (Monday 13 February 2017).

The fires were extinguished and no building structures were damaged, other than vegetation and fencing. 

This follows on from SUNDAY: A 32-year-old man is assisting with inquiries after a two deliberately lit fires started at the Dargavilles Road area at Nabiac.

The man was arrested on Sunday afternoon by police from Manning Great Lakes Local Area Command.

He will be taken to Forster Police Station to assist detectives with their investigation.

Fire investigators from the Rural Fire Service will be assisting local detectives to determine the cause of the fires.