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Treat firebugs as major criminals – call by chief bushfire fighter

Map above: fires today. Note color code bottom right of country already burned this year.

 

Police should treat firebugs as major criminals, says Matt Braitling,
of Mt Doreen Station, the chairman of Bushfire NT, southern region.

He says except for the blaze at Numery Station, set off by lightning,
all the massive number of bushfires in Central Australia in the past
weeks were deliberately lit.

Meanwhile South Australia is sending fire fighters, and MLA for
Braitling Adam Giles lashes out at the lack of preparedness for the what
was long known would be a catastrophic fire season.

"It's usually easy to pinpoint where fires start," says Mr Braitling.

"Police need to set up crime scenes at these locations."

They should deploy forensic teams, check for things like tyre marks
and discarded rubbish, fingerprint items, use trackers and seek the
assistance of people who have local knowledge.

"It's attempted murder," says Mr Braitling. "People will die." ERWIN CHLANDA reports. 

Posted Oct 4, 2011: Interesting story on
the ABC about concerns in South Australia about buffel grass invading
from the NT. The introduced grass species is a major contributor to the
seriousness of the current bushfires. Today rain is providing relief.
Search the Alice Springs News Online archive for articles about buffel grass.

Police arrest alleged firebugs

Police say a 32-year-old man
will face court after allegedly deliberately lighting fires at the base
of Anzac Hill overnight.

The man was arrested after a member of the public alerted police to
his actions just after 6pm on Wednesday. He allegedly lit several fires
near Schwarz Crescent and the Alice Springs Youth Hub which
required two fire units to extinguish.

The man was arrested a short time later and he has been charged with
setting fire to land or property and causing a bushfire. The latter
charge attracts a maximum penalty of 15 years jail under the Criminal
Code.

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