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Nearly 25 People Charged With Lighting Bushfires In Horror Season That Has Killed 18

NSW police have charged 24 people with deliberately lighting bushfires as the state battles an "unprecedented" bushfire crisis.

A horror start to the season has seen 18 people die across the state, destroyed thousands of homes and killed hundreds of millions of animals.

Since November 8, 183 people -- including 40 children -- have been charged or cautioned by police over their alleged involvement in the fires.

Police said in addition to those charged over deliberately lit bushfires, a further 53 face legal action for failing to comply with the Total Fire Ban, and 47 for allegedly discarding a lit cigarette or match on land.

Strike Force Tronto has been set up to help investigate the cause, origin, and impact of the fires.

As part of the ongoing investigation, police are asking community members to provide video or pictures of any of the fires in their early stages -- even if it is from a distance.

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