Four People, Including a Nine-Year-Old Caught Breaching Total Fire Ban
Police are reminding residents about total fire bans in place across NSW after four people have already been caught breaching rules.
Emergency services responded to a small grass fire in Worrigee, on the NSW South Coast, at about 11.35am on Tuesday.
A nine-year-old boy, who was with a group of other children, admitted to starting the fire with a blow torch.
The fire was quickly extinguished and he was issued with a warning under the Young Offenders Act.
The boy is one of four people who have been caught by police breaching the total fire bans in place across NSW.
A 27-year-old man was caught allegedly setting a small campfire to boil water for cups of tea near Wallacia in the west of Sydney at about 4.10pm on Monday.
The fire was quickly put out by NSW Police and the Rural Fire Service, and the man was issued with an on-the-spot $2200 infringement notice.
In Prestons, south-west of Sydney, police attended to reports of a 35-year old man allegedly burning fence palings in a cylindrical barbeque at about 7pm on Monday.
A secondary fire started after embers ignited a pile of palings, and both fires were extinguished by emergency services.
The man was also issued with an infringement notice.
At about 5am on Tuesday, Fire and Rescue NSW attended a property in Lalor Park in Sydney's west, after a 46-year-old man allegedly lit a small fire in a coal barbeque.
Police also attended the scene and he was arrested for failing to comply with a total fire ban and breach of bail.
He will face court on Tuesday afternoon.
The Total Fire Ban in NSW has been extended until midnight Wednesday, banning the lighting, maintaining or using a fire in the open, or to carry out any activity in the open that causes, or is likely to cause, a fire.